Cycle Tracks

Wellesley-Hoskin Bike Lane Upgrades

On July 12, 2011, City Council directed City staff to proceed with detailed design and consultation to upgrade the existing Wellesley St. bike lanes with the aim of providing a cycle track type design to better separate cars and bikes. Improvements to Wellesley St. and Hoskin Ave. will be one of a series of projects approved by Council to improve the cycling network in downtown Toronto.

The installation of the upgraded bike lanes is scheduled to start in summer 2013.
This project was substantially completed in 2014/15.  

Public Open Houses

Two Public Open Houses will be held as opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to this project, and discuss how they think Wellesley St. and Hoskin Ave should be improved. Public Consultations are open to all local area residents, businesses, and the general public.

Second Public Meeting

City Staff are using stakeholder input, collected from the June 27, 2012 meeting, and ongoing consultations with stakeholders throughout the summer, do develop project information which may be discussed at the September 2012 meeting.

Date: Tuesday September 11, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Seeley Hall - Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, University of Toronto Campus

List of Meeting Panels – Second Public Open House

  1. Welcome Panel
  2. How to Participate
  3. Cycle Track Design Examples
  4. Background
  5. Public Consultation Input Received
  6. Cross Section 14 m width
  7. Cross Section 12.3 m width
  8. Cross Section 11 m width
  9. Queens Park Map
  10. Thermoplastic Materials
  11. Contact Information Panel

Persons who were unable to attend the second Public Open House, are invite to review the information panels posted above, and contact us. The deadline to submit a Public Open House Comment Form for the first Public Open House is October 1, 2012.

First Public Open House

A public Meeting was held Wednesday June 27, 2012 at the Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.  The purpose of this public meeting was to discuss the project with all groups or individuals who wish to contribute input.

List of Meeting Panels – First Public Open House

 

  1. Welcome Panel
  2. Purpose of the Open House
  3. How to Participate
  4. Why Build Cycle Tracks?
  5. Cycle Track Design Examples
  6. Background
  7. Toronto Cycle Track Plan Map
  8. Uni-Directional vs. Bi-Directional Chart
  9. Design Considerations Overview
  10. Rolled Curb Cycle Track
  11. Parking: Hoskin Ave, Wellesley St. to Bay St.
  12. Parking: Wellesley St.-Parliament St.
  13. Queens Park Map
  14. Timeline and Next Steps
  15. Contact Information Panel

Persons who were unable to attend the first Public Open House, were invite you to review the information panels posted above, and contact us. The deadline to submit a Public Open House Comment Form for the first Public Open House was July 27, 2012.

The purpose of this public meeting is to discuss the project with all groups or individuals who wish to contribute input.

Why Improve Bike Lanes?

In Canada cycle track type bike lanes, separate from motor vehicle traffic, have been built in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Guelph.

Cycle track bicycle lane designs which help to keep cyclists and cars separate are also popular in hundreds of other cities around the world.

Lessons learned from these leading cities can help Toronto enhance its own bike facilities.

Better bike facilities can create an environment that is safer for Toronto's existing population of cyclists.

Cycle Track type facilities can also create an environment that is more accessible for people who do not yet cycle, residents riding in their golden years, and children.

The goal of improving cycling facilities is to make cycling in the City, where you are near to motor vehicles, less intimidating.

Project Design Considerations

Separated bike lanes have been implemented in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver and are popular in hundreds of other cities around the world.

Wellesley - Hoskin is one of a series of downtown bike lane upgrade projects approved by Council to improve the cycling network in downtown Toronto.


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Introducing a cycle-track type design to Wellesley St. - Hoskin Ave. will require more width than the existing painted bike lanes. In order to maintain the traffic flow and efficient TTC bus service along Wellesley Street, the new design will result in the following changes:

  • Removal of all on-street parking on Wellesley Street between Bay St. and Parliament St.
  • Removal of existing left-turn lanes

As part of this process, city staff are conducting parking surveys to see if new parking spots can be added to streets near Wellesley St. and Hoskin Ave. to partially offset the loss of parking on these streets. The design will maintain vehicle access to all connecting driveways and laneways along Wellesley Street and Hoskin Ave.

Affected City agencies and departments are involved in the design process to ensure the needs of City services are addressed. This includes:

  • TTC Bus service
  • Wheel-Trans pick-up/drop-off
  • Fire and emergency access
  • Curb-side waste collection
  • Snow removal and street cleaning

We Need to Hear From You

With these important impacts and changes in mind, we will be extensively consulting property owners and residents along Wellesley Street and Hoskin Ave. City staff look forward to working with stakeholders to consider concerns from all parties, and to consider opportunities for maintaining priority on street vehicle loading locations, creating alternative parking arrangements and or finding other solutions to reduce any negative impacts from the new physically separated bicycle lane.

Contact

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
E-mail: bikeplan@toronto.ca


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