Queen West Planning Study – Mon, March 30, 2015

You are invited to attend a presentation and open house which will focus on movement – transit, walking, traffic, parking and cycling – in the West Queen West corridor.

Staff from the TTC, the Toronto Parking Authority, Transportation Services, and Toronto Cycling will be on hand to share information and take your questions and comments. Feedback received at this meeting will be vital to understanding movement issues in the corridor and to help staff develop recommendations for City Council.When: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School – Gymnasium, 30 Humbert Street

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or acarr2@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may also contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919, Councillor Ana Bailao, Ward 18, at (416) 392-7012, and Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, at (416) 392-4009.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to be included in notifications, please email your name and full mailing address to Colleen Auld at cauld@toronto.ca.

Download the meeting notice here.

Community News from Councillor Mike Layton





Happy New Year neighbours,

This will no doubt be an exciting year at Toronto City Hall. With a new term of council there is renewed hope for a united City Council that will work hard to make Toronto better for everyone. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community and fight for better transit, more accessible public services, and a city we can be proud of.

One of the first orders of business at City Hall in 2015 will be the 2015 budget. I’m one of seven councillors appointed to the Budget Committee that will review the budget and make recommendations to City Council. This is an exciting opportunity and I will be looking for ways to protect and improve our public services, expand accessibility of important services such as affordable housing, transit and community recreation programs, as well as make sure our city invests in building a sustainable economy.

As a new member of the Parks and Environment Committee, I will work closely with my colleagues and our community partners to ensure we continue to invest in our parks and make them a welcoming centre for our communities. Working on this committee will also allow me to make sure Toronto is doing its part to fight climate change, improve our air quality, and protect our natural environment.

We all need a roof over our heads and I am looking forward to now serving as a member of the Affordable Housing Committee. I will work to ensure the City is doing all it can to revitalize our existing housing while investing in more affordable housing so that we can address our housing shortfall. The Affordable Housing Committee and the City’s Affordable Housing Office works with other levels of government, as well as the private and nonprofit sector to deliver funds and incentives to create and maintain safe, affordable, rental and ownership housing for low-income residents.

My community office hours are remaining the same. I am available by appointment on Saturdays at the CHIN building on College Street. Please email me to set up a time. If that doesn’t work my office is always happy to help. If you have any questions please reply to this email, send me an email at councillor_layton@toronto.ca, or call my office at (416) 392-4009.

Below you will find more information about two skating parties I am hosting in the ward. One at Christie Pits on Sunday, January 18 and the other at Trinity Bellwoods on Sunday, January 25.

I hope to see you there!

Mike Layton
City Councillor
Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina


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Shaw Street Bicycle lanes and Sharrows being installed

OMMM Group PowerPoint Template (Red)n 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.

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

Smart Commute’s Free Carpool Zone Tool

smart_commute_metrolinxSmart Commute, a program of Metrolinx, is focused on easing gridlock, improving air quality, reducing commuters’ costs and making the commuting experience more enjoyable. There are currently more than 670,000 commuters in the Smart Commute network.

To date, more than 305 workplaces have signed on to the program and are designated Smart Commute workplaces. A key service, Smart Commute’s Carpool Zone online ride-matching service, is growing by almost 140 new carpools each month. Ask your employer to join today.

“We are helping to reduce commuters’ vehicle travel by over 600,000 km every month,” said Leslie Woo, Vice President of Policy, Planning & Innovation. “Smart Commute is transforming the way people commute – and the way they think about commuting – which is an important feature of The Big Move.”

Organizations that are interested in saving money and demonstrating leadership are encouraged to learn more.

Construction Notice: Bathurst Street Watermain Replacement


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.