Pavement Markings and Signs

Dowling Avenue Cycling Route

The proposal for Dowling Avenue was identified as part of the City's Cycling Network Plan.  This Plan presents a vision for how we may connect, grow and renew Toronto's cycling routes.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle.

The first Public Open House was held on September 22nd, 2016. In response to feedback received at that event, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route.


Public Open House #2

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Parkdale Public Library - Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)



Public Open House #1

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time:  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Parkdale Public Library - Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)



The Toronto Cycling Network Plan was approved in principle by Council on June 9, 2016 with the understanding that each route recommended in the plan would require further consultation to inform design options and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

To provide information at the Public Meeting, Transportation Services undertook some preliminary analysis to identify the existing conditions for all road users.  This included traffic/cycling volumes and flow and a survey of the parking supply.

Connecting Parkdale to the Waterfront

On May 14 and 15, 2016, crews demolished the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway and a temporary crossing for bicycles and pedestrians has been installed.  The City is presently in conversation with Metrolinx, regarding a study for the design and construction of a permanent structure.

When developing the Cycling Network Plan, public consultation feedback identified the need to make east-west connections, between Parkdale and Toronto's core.  Improving accessibility to the Waterfront is an important step towards improving cycling safety, as Waterfront Trail access will provide an alternative to travelling on arterial roadways with streetcar tracks.



Kate Nelischer
Public Consultation Unit
Policy, Planing, Finance
and Administration

55 John St, Metro Hall,
19th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Phone: 416-392-4360