Commonly asked questions on the Quiet Streets Program

A reminder that the Quiet Streets Survey will close on September 30, 2020.

Visit the City’s website for more information or to participate in survey. 

Can the Quiet Street material stay in place?

The signs and barricades were designed to be temporary, making use of readily available materials. The program cannot be sustained in its current form as the City prepares for the winter season.

Can the Quiet Street material be upgraded/made permanent?

Quiet Street materials were installed without the analysis and public engagement that is expected before permanent changes are made to the roadway. Staff will be reviewing the feedback from the Quiet Street survey, email correspondence, and traffic data to learn where the program had the most significant impacts to guide proposals for future interventions.

Will the program come back if COVID is still with us in the spring?

A report is being prepared to share lessons learned from ActiveTO, including the Quiet Streets, and other COVID response programs on Toronto’s streets including CaféTO. The report will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with modifications, in the future. The report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021.

What happened to the suggestion I made of a street that should become a Quiet Street?

As a COVID Emergency Management program, Quiet Streets did not operate as a request-based program.  The ActiveTO team has tracked all suggestions for streets that could be considered in future, if the Quiet Streets program continues or evolves into a program with broader aims beyond pandemic management.

Can I suggest a street for next year?

As a COVID Emergency Management program, Quiet Streets did not operate as a request-based program. Quiet Street locations were chosen based on the role a street plays in the road network. Several factors were considered including, but not limited to, serving areas of high population density with limited access to personal outdoor space, providing alternative to congested parks and trails, providing connections to essential services, parks, beaches and other attractions, as well as operational considerations (e.g. traffic volume). A report is expected to come before City Council in January 2021 that will discuss options for reintroducing these programs, with any modifications, in the future.