On June 6, 2012 meeting Toronto City Council adopted the Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan prepared by City Staff.
This preliminary planning document will form the basis for moving forward with new trail development over the next 10 years.
Consultation regarding specific projects with local are councillors and local area residents, will be part of the process to develop individual trail designs
New Trail Projects
Construction is underway to revitalize Queens Quay from west of Lower Spadina Ave to east of Bay St. When complete in early 2015, Queens Quay will feature a new stretch of Martin Goodman Trail, giving cyclists a much needed connection through the Central Waterfront. During construction, a detour bike route will enable cyclists to bypass most of the construction area.
The City of Toronto is is conducting an EA Study to identify a preferred route for extending the West Toronto Railpath from the Dundas Street West overpass (at Sterling Road), along the Georgetown GO Transit rail corridor, to Strachan Avenue and the planned Fort York Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge.
The Study will determine, a preferred route/alignment for the Railpath extension, including necessary bridging to make a continuous route possible. It will also consider access points, community connections and Urban design features such as landscaping, public art, bike parking, signage and lighting.
The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to study options for a multi-use trail system within the East Don Corridor between the north end of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, the Lower Don Trail System, and Gatineau Corridor Trail
Lower Don Trail Accessibility, Environment and Art Master Plan
Thanks to everyone who attended the Lower Don Trail public meeting which took place on April 2, 2013. If you would like more information, the presentation is posted here.
The Public Meeting Summary Report is now available and can be found here.
The purpose of the Master Plan is to recommend strategies for improving accessibility, environmental protection and to consider possibilities for the incorporation of public art in the Lower Don River valley lands. The plan will incorporate all existing studies, plans and initiatives in the study area, and will provide a long-term strategy to establish a theme, improve access, linkages and create positive user experiences.
For more information, please contact: Kim Statham Parks, Forestry & Recreation Phone: 416-392-0373 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finch Hydro Corridor Trail
In 2009 the City got RInC funding to build the first of a series of trail projects in the Finch Hydro Corridor. City Staff are working on additional trail segments, which will extend these trails across North Toronto. Input is currently being accepted for the trail project between Yonge St. and the Don Valley.
Chorley Park Multi-Use Trail Construction
The City of Toronto will be constructing a multi-use trail through Chorley Park to connect the Kay Gardiner Beltline Trail to the street network in the Rosedale neighbourhood. A drop-in event (open house) was held on Monday June 24th, 2013, to give community members the chance to learn more about the project, how it will be implemented, and what disruptions to expect. Open House details.
The Public Open House presentation is posted here.
The pre-construction Public Notice is posted here.
Tentative Project Schedule
- Fall 2013/Winter 2014 - Tree Removal and Site Preparation.
- Nov 2013-Jan 2014 - final approvals/permits and tender drawings finalized
- January - March 2014 - Construction Tender Process
- Spring 2014 - Construction Contract Awarded
- Summer 2014 - Multi-Use Trail Construction
This summer the City of Toronto is planning to construct a 600 metre extension of the Humber River Recreational Trail from its current trail end in Cruickshank Park to the Mallaby Park staircase. There is an existing dirt path in this location that will be formalized into a paved 3.5 metre wide multi-use trail. The City is studying the area between the Mallaby Park staircase, and the existing North Humber Trail at Fairglen Crescent, to inform recommendations for phase 2 of the Mid Humber Trail project.
About the Trail Network
All multi-use pathway users have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful of all park/trail users. The following tips are provided to help ensure that all pathway users have an enjoyable and safe experience:
- Cyclists rollerbladers, and similar faster-moving persons must yield to pedestrians.
- Faster trail users should pass on the left and keep to the right when on the trail.
- Only pass when it is safe to do so and the trail is wide enough.
- When riding a bike, let people know you are approaching by ringing your bell or giving a friendly greeting.
- Dogs should be kept on a leash in parks, except in designated off-leash areas.
- To protect the pathways and parks, stay on the trail and don't litter.
- According to the Parks By-law, trail users including cyclists and rollerbladers and sateboarders should not exceed the speed of 20km/h when traveling in a park.
- If the pathway is busy with pedestrians, consider walking instead of cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding. The trail will be signed to notify trail users that they must yield to pedestrians.