Spring/Summer Newsletter: Transportation

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE)

The ASE program uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. 50 ASE systems will be installed across the city with two systems per ward, on a rotating basis. Locations are selected through a data-driven approach that considers speed and collision data.

Bloor Bikeway Extension from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road

Over the course of 2019, there were extensive consultations with Bloor Street communities and businesses to ensure that this project reflected local needs. This project has received overwhelming support from local residents and businesses and is a testament to the progress that is possible in our City.

City Council approved its implementation on May 28th. Installation is scheduled to start by August of this year. ​

Material from the last public event held earlier this year is available online at toronto.ca/bloorwestbikeway.

Beaty Ave Bike Signals Installed at Queen St W

In addition to the previous year’s cycling infrastructure changes on Beaty Ave and Dowling Ave, the City installed a bicycle signal head for cyclists traveling north on Sorauren Ave from Queen St W. The pavement markings through this intersection were installed in spring 2020.

Bloor South Kingsway 

Over the past year Transportation Services staff have continued to study the Bloor South Kingsway area, meet with stakeholders, and review comments from residents. Based on this work, staff are putting together proposed design changes to the intersection which will be presented to the community soon. The meeting date and location will be posted on my website once confirmed.

Dundas St W / Dupont St / Annette St / Old Weston Rd Intersection

Transportation staff continue to review this intersection to see what changes can be made to improve safety. In August, Transportation Services retained a planning and engineering firm to assist them with evaluating design options, in part based on feedback received from nearby residents’ associations. In Nov 2019, City Staff received a draft transportation analysis for the intersection from the planning consultant and are working with them to resolve any remaining issues.

Dundas St W / Howard Park Ave / Lynd Ave Intersection 

Members of the community met in 2013 and 2014 to discuss ongoing safety concerns at this intersection. This led to temporary measures being put in place in 2014 until the intersection could be reconstructed. This work will now be happening this summer and will be coupled with TTC Track replacements.

King St W / Queen St W / The Queensway / Roncesvalles Ave (KQQR) Intersection

For much of 2019, TTC and City Staff have been working out the most effective way to reconstruct this intersection while ensuring timing lines up with other nearby projects and minimizing disruption to the community. Based on existing variables, the work at KQQR will start in 2021.

Lansdowne Ave Mural 

The mural currently on the underpass on Lansdowne Ave between Queen St W and Dundas St W has proven to be extremely vulnerable to tagging. To address this, StART is working with artists on a series of engagement sessions with local community groups to gather themes and inspiration from the community for a new mural, to be installed across 2020-2021.

Parkside Dr at Howard Park Ave

The right-turn channel at the northeast corner is being removed to eliminate the current condition where pedestrians are required to cross the slip lane as an uncontrolled crossing. The work is taking place this summer and will be coupled with TTC track replacements.

West Toronto Railpath Extension

The West Toronto Railpath Extension is a planned multi-use trail that will extend the Railpath south, from Dundas Street West and Sterling Road to Abell Street and Sudbury Street. The completion of the design is expected in the latter half of 2020.

Speed Limit Reductions

Earlier this year, City Council approved speed limit reductions on nearly 250km of roads across the City. Speed limit reductions are coming to minor arterials over 50 km/h, collector roads over 40 km/h, and on all local roads to 30 km/h, reducing the speed limits across Ward 4. Implementation is to be done on a ward basis over the next 5 years with priority going to wards with a higher rate of pedestrian and cyclist collisions.