Bike lanes on Bloor Street - Construction Notice

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After decades of advocacy, and two years of work together, the installation of the Bloor Street bike lane will begin August 2.  After extensive work together in our community, support from all 6 local residents' associations, BIAs, cultural organizations, and an overwhelming number of City Councillors, we are excited that the installation is about to begin.

The City will begin installing the separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue Road starting August 2, 2016. The Bloor Street Pilot Bike Lanes Project was approved by City Council in May 2016.

Extensive monitoring and evaluation, as well as public feedback collection will be carried out over the year and reported to Council in late 2017. 

Work Details

  • Minor spot road repairs will be completed in late July
  • All on-street parking will be removed for the first few days, starting August 1 at 6 p.m. *weather permitting
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, with no stopping in the traffic lanes
  • Existing paint will be removed using loud machinery during the day
  • New painted bike lanes, flexi-post bollards, and signs will be installed
  • Changes to parking by-laws and loading areas will be signed

For more info on the new planned roadway design and parking/loading locations, see the project webpage.

What to Expect During Construction

Work Hours: Work will take place 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, with possible work on weekends, if required. Noisy work will be limited to daytime hours as much as possible.

Road and Sidewalk Access: In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road restrictions within the construction work zone. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Deliveries & Loading: Please schedule deliveries and loading off of Bloor Street where ever possible, especially during the first few days of construction. For special accommodation, please contact the contractor at the emergency number listed below.

Driveway Access: The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to your driveway access. If your property has two entrances, one entrance will be kept open at all times.

Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic.

Traffic on Bloor Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. TTC service is expected to continue as normal.

Cyclists: Harbord Street is a recommended alternate route during the first few days of construction. If travelling on Bloor Street, please share the traffic lane in the active work zones.

Parking: All on-street parking will be removed for the first few days, starting August 1 at 6 p.m. Following that, parking will not be permitted in the active work zone, but will be allowed in signed locations.

If your parked vehicle affects the construction work, it will be re-located with no charge to the owner. If your vehicle is moved, please contact parking control for its location at 416-808-2222.

In the event you receive a traffic ticket for on-street parking during this period of construction, please immediately contact the Project Manager listed below, so that your ticket can be cancelled.

*Please note that parking tickets cannot be cancelled if vehicles were parked in illegal parking spots such as in front of a fire hydrant or in no parking zones, or if they are submitted to the Project Manager later than three days after receipt.

Garbage & Recycling: Please follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move bins to an appropriate location and return them. Please ensure that you label your bins with your address.

More Information

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact the project manager:

Dave Dunn – 416-392-8985 / ddunn1@toronto.ca

Website – toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes
General Inquiries – 311
Construction Emergencies – 647-459-8748 (August 2016, Bloor St. Bike Lanes Only)

Download the Construction Notice here.