This weekend, a number of City of Toronto ActiveTO routes are scheduled to be in place for people to safely get outside and exercise.
ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard East (from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue), Bayview Avenue (from Lawren Harris Square to Rosedale Valley Road), and The Meadoway (from Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road) will all be available from Saturday at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 29 at 9 p.m. Roads within High Park will be closed to vehicles from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.
ActiveTO will be in place on Lake Shore Boulevard West (from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road) on Sunday, August 29 from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. This one-day closure will allow for two planned major events scheduled for Saturday along the same route, and provide increased access to beach parking on Saturday when high temperatures are forecast.
Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian due to no available on-site parking and limited nearby parking. Participants are reminded to bring water in a reusable container and wear appropriate clothing as warm summer temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend.
Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park will be closed Sunday during the ActiveTO closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be removed before midnight on Saturday.
Plans are in place to keep traffic moving this weekend, including:
- Active monitoring of traffic cameras as well as signal timing adjustments around ActiveTO routes
- Paid Duty Officers and City of Toronto Traffic Agents will be deployed
- City of Toronto Quick Clear Squads (City crews that can quickly respond to help get stopped and stalled vehicles out of the way) will be on the ready to help facilitate the clearing of any lane blockages as fast as possible on Sunday.
Improvements have been made to traffic flow for those travelling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway during ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard West this summer. Drivers can now take exit 149 (Lake Shore Blvd/Jameson Avenue) to travel northbound on Jameson or continue on to British Columbia Road to access either Dufferin Street or Exhibition Place.
ActiveTO routes will be available to pedestrians and cyclists until 9 p.m. on Sunday, when crews begin removing barriers and pylons as well as other safety equipment to reinstate vehicle traffic. While most routes can be re-opened within approximately one-hour afterward, the Lake Shore Boulevard West closure can take up to three hours to safely and fully reopen the lanes to vehicles.
There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations on both Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle buses will operate. People planning to ride transit are reminded that masks or face coverings are mandatory when travelling on the TTC (exemptions apply). More information is available on the TTC website.
SOURCE City of Toronto