Cycle Tracks

Harbord Street & Hoskin Avenue Bike Lane Upgrades

Updated September 15, 2014

Construction: September 16 in to early October 2014

Construction Details

Buffered bike lanes will be installed on Harbord Street and Hoskin Avenue between Ossington Avenue and Queen's Park Crescent commencing the week of September 15 (weather permitting). Work will be done block-by-block, starting from Ossington Avenue and will continue west to east.
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Work Hours

Generally, work will be carried out overnight typically from 8pm to 6 am, Sunday to Friday. However, occasional daytime works during the non-peak hours will also be carried out.


Removal of existing lane markings will require some superficial grinding, which makes noise and possibly dust. Lane reductions and bike lane closures will be required in the active work areas.

The paint dries very quickly and the new bike lanes should be usable each morning.

Study and Public Consultation
Prior to Construction



Currently Harbord Street and Hoskin Avenue operate with one vehicular traffic lane and a painted bike lane in each direction, with the exception of the stretch between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue, which has sharrows (shared lane markings) instead of bike lanes.

On-street parking exists on one side or the other through most stretches, except between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue and between St. George Street and Queens Park Crescent, where parking exists on both sides.

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

Relevant Council Decisions:



View Harbord-Hoskin Bike Lane Improvements in a larger map


New Design: Continuous Uni-directional Buffered Bike Lanes

In June 2013, City staff publicized a preliminary plan to upgrade the Harbord-Hoskin bicycle lanes to a bi-directional cycle track design along their complete length from Ossington Avenue to Queen's Park Crescent.  Since then the City completed a comprehensive traffic study to measure the effects of bi-directional cycle tracks operations at signalized and un-signalized intersections.  This study showed it would not be possible to safely accommodate bi-directional separated bike lanes, without unacceptable delays to all road users.

As a result, staff now recommend upgrading the current intermittent traditional bike lanes with continuous uni-directional buffered bike lanes:

  • Uni-directional bike lanes on both sides of the street with 0.5 m to 1.0 m painted buffers between bike lanes, traffic lanes and parking lanes.
  • Replace the sharrows with bike lanes between Spadina Ave. and Borden St., and at the Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. intersections.
  • Maintain on-street parking on one side of the street, which would provide enough parking to meet highest parking demand in all areas.

This modified configuration would apply to the entire Harbord-Hoskin corridor, from Ossington Avenue to Queen's Park Cresent.

Rendering of buffered bike lanes, shown as described above.


Additional On-street Parking to be Introduced on Some Side Streets

To offset some of the lost on-street parking spaces between Borden St. and Spadina Ave., the City is planning to modify parking space limits on Harbord St. and some side streets to create more spaces.


Bike Lane on Outside of Parking on Hoskin Avenue

Cross-section of buffered bike lane next to the curb, with on-street parking next to lane.Hoskin Avenue is a wider street than Harbord Street. This extra roadway width allows us to place the buffered bike lane next to the curb, providing cyclists the additional comfort of parked vehicles separating them from moving traffic.


No Changes to Traffic Signal Timing, Bus Stops, Access or Turning Restrictions

This modest upgrade to the existing bike lanes should not require any significant changes to traffic signals, or the location or use of TTC bus stops.  No changes to driveway or laneway access, or turning options, are expected to be required either.


Traffic Study (January 2014)

Updating Intersections Operations to Accommodate Bi-Directional Cycle Tracks on Harbord Street and Hoskin Avenue
(Queens Park Crescent to Ossington Avenue)

Public Consultation

With these important impacts and changes in mind, we will be extensively consulting property owners and residents along Harbord-Hoskin. 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.

November 12, 2012

The first consultation meeting for this project was held in Ward 20 on November 12, 2012 at Kensington Gardens, 25 Brunswick Avenue.This meeting was jointly organised by the Harbord Village Residents' Association. Harbord Street Business Improvement Association, Councillor Adam Vaughan, and the Ward 20 committee of Cycle Toronto

November 20, 2012

The second public consultation meeting for this project was held in Ward 19 on November 20, 2012 at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 477 Manning Avenue. This public meeting was an opportunity to introduce potential changes on Harbord Street and get feedback from the Palmerston Area Residents' Association, area businesses, Ward 19 committee of Cycle Toronto and others.

June 27, 2013

A third public event was held on June 27, 2013 at Kensington Gardens. Staff presented a preliminary design for a bi-directional cycle track on the north side, with various options for changes to on street parking.

March 27, 2014

A final public drop-in event was held on March 27, 2014 at Kennsington Gardens. Staff presented plans for uni-directional buffered bike lanes.


May/June 2014

The recommendations resulting from this study were  adopted by the City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and City Council in May and June 2014.

Project Time Line

November 2012

Initial consultation with some local residents associations

March to October 2013

Investigate design options and opportunities to optimize parking supply

June 27, 2013

First Public Information Drop-in Event

July 2013 to January 2014

Traffic Study to measure the effects of bi-directional cycle tracks

March 27, 2014

Second Public Information Drop-in Event

April to May 2014

Finalize functional design and prepare detailed design

May 14, 2014

Report to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

June 10, 2014

Report to City Council

September/October 2014

Construction (e.g. pavement markings and signs)

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us by email, voicemail or regular mail at any time during the development of this project.

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

24 hr voicemail: 416-338-1066
Fax: 416-392-4808
TTY: 416-392-2974

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