Councillors Layton, Perks and Bailão have initiated a Planning Study along Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The Study is being initiated to address community concerns regarding the loss of buildings with heritage attributes, transit capacity, insufficient parking, and protecting the character of the street.
The letter, submitted to the Council by the Councillors, is available to read here [pdf].
The motion will be moved forward at the October 16 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to:
- Undertake a review of the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
- Consult Transportation Services, the Toronto Transit Commission, and the Toronto Parking Authority to address concerns related to transit capacity and parking in the vicinity of the study area.
- Consult with the community, including residents and other stakeholder groups, together with the Ward Councillors, to understand what defines the character of the street and develop a vision for future development.
- Report back on the findings of the review and provide recommendations for changes, if necessary, to the planning framework for the study area.
On Shaw Street, in the section between College and Dundas and adjacent to Fred Hamilton Park, two types of official bicycle lanes are being installed as part of a larger project along Shaw Street. Existing southbound bicycle traffic will soon be marked with “sharrows”. A new northbound bicycle lane also called a “contra-flow” bicycle lane will be added and marked with a solid yellow line.
Parking for residents along this stretch will now be permanently on the west side of the street. Parking will also be permitted in front of Fred Hamilton Park from 9 pm- 9 am for vehicles with their street parking permits. Parking for those without permits is only allowed from 9 pm to midnight. Vehicles will not be allowed to block the entrances to the park and will not be allowed to park in front of Fred Hamilton Park during the day from 9 am- 9 pm.
This new bicycle lane will be installed this year, however exact dates for the painting schedules are subject to weather, overnight temperatures, and the availability of the contractors. The City anticipates that the route will be substantially complete by mid November 2013.
A shared lane pavement marking is a bicycle symbol with two chevrons in front of it. There are no bylaws or fines to prevent motorists from driving, stopping, standing or parking on top of sharrows.
Bicycle lanes are marked by a solid lane line, and they always have diamond symbols in them. The line and the diamond symbol mean that this is a reserved lane, for the use of cyclists only. Motorists should not drive, stop, stand of park in bicycle lanes or they may be fined.
Here is a link to the project website and a link to the staff report
The City of Toronto is currently undertaking landscape upgrades for Stanley Park, located at 845 and 890 King St. W. (on the north and south side of King St.).
Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Rich McAvan from Harrington McAvan Landscape Architects and representatives of the City of Toronto will present plans for landscape updates to the park. The local community is invited to attend this meeting and give feedback.
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Stanley Park, Pool building, community room,
845 King St. W. (on the south side of King St.) (map)
Interpretation services may be arranged with at least one week’s notice in advance of the meeting date.
For more information please contact:
Parks Development and Capital Projects
Download the public open house notice here.
This Sunday, July 28, join the Community Bicycle Network and bike enthusiasts from across the city in celebrating the 2nd annual Toronto Vintage Bike Show.
Have a sweet vintage bike you’d like to show off? Give it a shine and bring it down to the park to display along with dozens of other early model cruisers, low riders, track, and road bikes.
- Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park – Southern end
- Date: July 28, 2013
- Time: 12:00-5:00pm
Construction to replace the watermain will begin August 6 and run through until January 24, 2014 between 7am till 7pm weekdays on Bathurst Street, Croft Street and Vankoughnet Street (see map below).
- As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary. Please note the following:
- At certain times during the work, vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be disrupted. Closure of traffic lanes will be restricted to the immediate work area wherever possible.
- Signs will be posted to advise of detours, lane closures and pedestrian crossings.
- Emergency (police, fire and medical response) access will be maintained at all times.
- Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Please follow your normal routine.
Impacts on TTC Service
- From September 3, 2013 to November 23, 2013, Buses will be running on Bathurst Street in place of streetcars.
For more information, see the full Construction Notice.