Changes coming to Queen and Soho – New cycling crossing, childcare and more
At the intersection of Queen and Soho, you may have noticed that construction has started in the former Green P parking lot. As discussed in the media, we're delighted that this site will be the new home of Mountain Equipment Co-op, currently located on King Street. This project – a three-storey building with ground floor retail (MEC) – will also house underground Green P parking, and a brand new childcare facility. After working closely with the local community and developer on a design fit for Queen West, we look forward to the completion of the project next year.
Improving cycling infrastructure
Currently, the offset intersection of Queen/Peter/Soho can be difficult to navigate for cyclists traveling in the north-south direction. I have heard loud and clear that changes are needed at this intersection. As part of this development, we have been working with the developer for almost 2 years to improve the cycling infrastructure at this intersection.
In order to improve the safety of this intersection, we will install a layby/waiting area on the north side of Queen Street for cyclists traveling southbound on Soho; this designated cyclist waiting area will create a safe, two-stage crossing that will connect the Beverley/St.George lane, Phoebe St. lane, and sharrows on Soho with the brand new separate bike lanes on Peter Street. Cyclists traveling south on Soho will soon be able to turn onto Queen Street, wait in the marked cyclist layby, and continue directly south onto Peter Street.
We will also be installing a new bike box for northbound cyclists traveling on Peter Street. This will make it safer for cyclists turning Westbound on Queen Street and travelling northbound from the Peter Street bike lanes. We are also continuing to review additional improvements necessary for the northbound crossing.
Construction on these improvements will begin early next year once the development is complete.
We have also been working closely with the familiar local street vendors at Queen/Soho to ensure that they can remain in their locations both during and after construction. I look forward to seeing them return once the weather warms up!