Roads and Trails

YorkU and Downsview Cycling Connections

The City is improving cycling infrastructure near the York University Keele Campus and in the Downsview Neighbourhood. This will provide bike connections to Downsview Park, the Black Creek Ravine system and major transit stops and stations on TTC Line 1 (expected completion end of 2017) and Finch LRT (expected completion 2021).

News and Updates

The City's project team is planning a number of public consultation events for Fall 2017. Once confirmed, all public consultation events will be listed on this website.

To receive project updates, sign up for the emailing list by contacting Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator Jason.Diceman@toronto.ca

The map below shows the planned cycling connections in the York University neighbourhood:

The map below shows the planned cycling connections in the Downsview neighbourhood:

The City's Council-approved Cycling Network Ten-Year Plan identifies existing, planned, and proposed cycling facilities across Toronto. The cycling facilities near York University and in the Downsview Neighbourhood will be partially supported by federal funding, which requires that they must be constructed in 2018.

The City is looking at a number of new cycling routes in both neighbourhoods, including bike lanes, sharrows, and boulevard trails. The bike lanes listed below are proposed, and City staff will need approval from Council before constructing these facilities. The sharrows listed below are planned, and City staff can move forward to construction without Council's approval on these individual routes. The project team is seeking feedback on both the proposed and planned cycling routes and designs to ensure they meet the needs of the community.

The York University routes include:

  • Proposed Bike Lanes on:
    • Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road)
    • Evelyn Wiggins Drive (including a curb cut to connect cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs west of the Busway, from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road)
  • A proposed boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue W.)
  • Planned improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine
  • A planned extension of the sharrows on the Pond Road

 

The Downsview Neighbourhood routes include:

  • Planned sharrows on:
    • Yorkwoods Gate 
    • London Green Court 
    • Camborne Avenue 
    • Sunfield Road 
    • Stilecroft Drive 
  • Proposed bike lanes on:
    • Dovehouse Avenue
    • Sentinel Road (including a small stretch of sharrow)
    • Sheppard Ave (60m boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)
    • Keele Street (boulevard trail from Dovehouse Avenue to Sheppard Avenue)

The City is committed to consulting with local residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in both the York University and Downsview Neighbourhoods regarding this project. All upcoming consultation events will be listed on this website, along with all presentation material.

Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandWhat are the project boundaries?

The study area for the York University (Ward 8) cycling facilities is bounded by Steeles Avenue West, Jane Street, Finch Avenue West, and Keele Street.

The study area for the Downsview Neighbourhood (Wards 8 and 9) cycling facilities is bounded by Jane Street, Wilson Road, Keele Street, and Finch Avenue West.

ExpandWhat types of cycling facilities are being considered?

The City is proposing to install bike lanes, boulevard trails, and sharrows on various routes, as well as improved pathways to ravine trails (identified on the map).

Bike lanes are a dedicated space for cyclists where motorists are not allowed to park, stop or drive. Bike lanes are painted on the road with bicycle symbols and a solid white line, and most importantly, a diamond symbol.  The diamond symbol is used on Ontario roads to indicate that a lane is a "reserved lane".

Sharrows are road markings used to indicate a shared environment for bicycles and motor vehicles. The shared lane markings highlight cycling routes alerting all road users to the presence of bicycle traffic on the street, and may also be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance for cyclists.  The shared lane marking is not a dedicated cycling facility, but a pavement marking which has a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network.

Boulevard trails are two-way paved surfaces that run along a roadway and are designed for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users. Trails are at or near sidewalk level, above and away from the curb and roadway. Ideally, separate sidewalks are also present, and if so buffers exist between them.

ExpandHow will the public be involved?

The City is planning a number of public consultation events throughout Fall 2017 to provide information on the proposed cycling routes and gather feedback. Check this website for updates, or email us to be added to the project mailing list for updates: Jason.Diceman@toronto.ca

ExpandWhat cycling connections are proposed to York University?

To enhance connections to York University, the City is proposing bike lanes on Shoreham Drive (from Jane Street to the Pond Road) and Evelyn Wiggins Drive (along with a connection for cyclists to the adjacent trail that runs from Evelyn Wiggins Drive to the Pond Road). The City is also proposing a boulevard trail on Murray Ross Parkway (from Shoreham Drive to Steeles Avenue W.), improved connections to the Black Creek Ravine, and extended sharrows on the Pond Road.

The City is working closely with York University to coordinate efforts and plan for cycling connections within and beyond the campus. Please visit the York University Transportation Services website for more information on cycling at YorkU.

ExpandWhat cycling routes are proposed in the Downsview Neighbourhood?

The City is proposing a number of cycling routes throughout the Downsview Neighbourhood and to connect to Downsview Park. These include:

  • Yorkwoods Gate (sharrow)
  • London Green Court (sharrow)
  • Sentinel Road (bike lane and sharrow)
  • Camborne Avenue (sharrow)
  • Sheppard Ave (boulevard trail between Sentinel and Sunfield)
  • Sunfield Road (sharrow)
  • Stilecroft Drive (sharrow)
  • Dovehouse Avenue (bike lane)
  • Keele Street (boulevard trail from Dovehouse Avenue to Sheppard Avenue)

ExpandWhat is the expected construction schedule?

The City is currently consulting on the proposed cycling routes with stakeholders and the local community. City staff will then recommend these routes to City Council for approval before moving into construction. The City is hopeful that construction will be completed in 2018.