Bollards on the Martin Goodman Trail

As you are aware, the Martin Goodman Trail is a multi use trail (pedestrian, cyclists, rollerblades, scooters, etc) as well as vehicular traffic (patrons for the Boulevard Club, Palais Royale, deliveries, etc), that runs along the waterfront, fronting the Palais Royale, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Boulevard Club. An on site visit was conducted to discuss the on going issue of the intersection of this multi used trail. At this site visit, many things were noted. Vehicular traffic accessing the Boulevard Club from the east bound Lakeshore Blvd, would “gun” it when a opening appeared in the westbound lanes of the Lakeshore Blvd to make the crossing safely. Often, the drivers would not pay attention to the users of the trail and this has caused some very near misses. The cyclists traveling westbound on the MGT, in excess of the posted speed limit of 20km per hour, would not pay attention to the fact that a driveway was present and again, near misses would transpire. Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure as well as Parks, Forestry and Recreation as well as the Manager of the Boulevard Club attended the meeting. It was decided that the current markings for both the users of the trail and vehicular traffic were very confusing. The pavement markings are one step in the process. A stop sign has been adjusted at the Boulevard Club, and soon traffic signs will be installed on the Lake Shore alerting vehicular traffic to the users along the Martin Goodman Trail. Cross hatching, like what is painted in the intersection of Bay and King, have been painted in the cross over of the Boulevard Club entrance and the Martin Goodman Trail in an effort to alert vehicular traffic not to block this section. Also, bollards have been replaced to the east and west of the Boulevard Club entrance, and additional bollards have been off set for added safety. Again the focus of present and future measures will be safety. This situation will be monitored and any future improvements will take into consideration all users of the trail. The most important factor to keep in mind when looking at possible solutions is safety. Pavement markings will also be painted on the MGT in front of the Palais Royale to alert the users of the trail of potential multi-use traffic. The Palais Royale currently uses temporary stanchions when they hold events to have their patrons exit the facility in a safe manor without impeding on the users of the trail. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Meri Newton in my office. You can reach her at 416-338-5178 or via email at mnewton@toronto.ca.