Toronto Cycling Network Plan

Budget Scenario Maps

The proposed Ten Year Cycling Network Plan identifies approximately 525 centreline kilometres (km) of new infrastructure (if counted in each lane direction, more than 1000 lane km).  This proposed new network includes;

  • 280 centreline km of bicycle lanes or cycle tracks on Fast, Busy Streets
  • 55 centreline km of sidewalk-level boulevard trails along Fast, Busy Streets
  • 190 centreline km of cycling routes along Quiet Streets

Transportation Services has developed five annual capital funding scenarios ranging from $8 million to $25 million annually for a ten year infrastructure delivery program to Connect, Grow and Renew Toronto's Cycling Network. The five proposed delivery scenarios consider opportunities for coordination with planned capital work.  The extent to which coordinated delivery of cycling infrastructure is possible is contingent upon the budget scenario that is adopted.

 

The key aspects of each are summarized below. The schedule of implementation of each project would be subject to change with the timing of coordination with planned capital work.

 

Scenario 1 - $8 Million Annually (Base Case)

The base case scenario would provide the resources necessary to initiate the design and delivery of approximately one third (27%) of the proposed network projects.  The program would include the initiation of only six of the seventeen proposed Major Corridor Studies. However, for half of these studies and several other significant projects, Transportation Services would be insufficiently resourced to coordinate with major capital works projects scheduled over the next five years.  The inability to leverage the coordination of projects will result in higher costs overall.

Scenario 2 - $12 Million Annually

This scenario would provide the resources necessary to initiate the design and delivery of approximately 51% of the proposed network projects.  The program would include the initiation of thirteen of the seventeen proposed Major Corridor Studies, excepting the proposed studies along Midland Avenue and a study of the Highway 401 crossing of Yonge Street.  In this scenario, the proposed Major Corridor Study of Danforth Avenue from Broadview to Danforth Road could not be initiated until 2019.

Scenario 3 - $16 Million Annually (Staff Recommended)

This scenario would provide the resources necessary to initiate the design and delivery of the majority (85%) of the proposed network projects.  The program would allow for sixteen of the Major Corridor Studies identified to be initiated, so as to complete impact analysis, design and consultation, however, insufficient funding would be available to fund the construction of the proposed cycling infrastructure that may be recommended in four of the studies within the ten year period (namely cycling facilities along Midland Avenue and a Highway 401 crossing of Yonge Street would be unfunded).  Based on upcoming infrastructure funding opportunities from the Provincial and Federal government which are expected to include active transportation projects as a funding priority, it is anticipated that the Ten Year Cycling Network Plan could be fully delivered through this funding scenario.

Scenario 4 - $20 Million Annually

This scenario would provide the resources necessary to complete the design and delivery of all of the proposed network projects, and the initiation of all of the Major Corridor Studies within the 10 year horizon.  The increase in budgetary resources identified in this scenario has been evaluated to understand how this funding level may be applied to accelerate the design and construction program.  The outcome of this investigation suggests that this budget scenario may allow for the compression of the project delivery period to 8-9 years, instead of 10 years.

Scenario 5 - $25 Million Annually 

This scenario would provide the resources necessary to complete the design and delivery of all of the proposed network projects, and the initiation of all of the Major Corridor Studies within the 10 year horizon.  The increase in budgetary resources identified in this scenario has been evaluated to understand how this funding level may be applied to accelerate the design and construction program.  The outcome of this investigation suggests that this budget scenario may allow for the compression of the project delivery period to 6-7 years, instead of 10 years.

 

All of the above scenarios could be further enhanced through funding support from other orders of government.  Transportation Services staff are actively reviewing opportunities for cycling infrastructure funding from the Provincial and Federal governments.