Dowling Cycling Route: Public Drop-In Event 2

Posted on April 25, 2017


You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)


This proposed cycling route was identified as part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan, which presents a vision for how we may connect Toronto’s cycling routes.  The 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 option and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

In response to feedback received at the first public open house in September 2016, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route. Past notices and materials from the first Drop-In Event public consultation events are available online at: Potential measures for the Dowling Cycling Route could include bike lanes, traffic calming measures, cycling wayfinding and new or modified traffic signals.

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.

Presently, Dowling Avenue between King St. West and Queen St. West carries traffic one-way northbound and so the feasibility of introducing a southbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane is being evaluated.  This proposal would allow for lawful two-way cycling travel, however due to the narrow width of this roadway the introduction of a bike lane would require the displacement of approximately 32 on-street parking spaces.

Transportation Services is undertaking a parking survey of the area, to measure the overall parking supply availability, and would appreciate your feedback as part of this process.

Next Steps

Following the consultation period, staff will use feedback to inform preferred design solutions and report to City council in 2017.  The target implementation period of this project is 2017-2018.


If you are unable to attend the public event, you can still get involved by reviewing the information available online and contacting Transportation Services:

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-4849
Fax: 416-392-4808

If more information is required, you can reach my office at or 416-392-7919.

Look forward to seeing you at the open house on Wednesday, May 17th, at Parkdale Public Library.


April 2017