Toronto walkers, joggers, and cyclists can rejoice because ActiveTO weekend road closures are making their grand return this weekend.
Mayor John Tory announced the first closures of the year on Monday, saying that from May 1 at 6 am until May 2 at 9 pm, Bayview Avenue, River Street, and Lake Shore Boulevard East would all have ActiveTO closures.
“We are committed to giving people more places to get outside safely to get fresh air and exercise, and ActiveTO has proven a successful way to do that,” Tory said. “I encourage everyone to get outside with members of their own household, and to keep their distance from others while doing so.”
Bayview will close between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road. River Street will have closures between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street. And Lake Shore’s eastbound lanes will close between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.
These stretches of road will be closed to vehicles, allowing Torontonians to walk, run, or bike along the streets.
The ActiveTO road closures program launched just before the May long weekend last year in response to the pandemic. It was done as a means to give Toronto residents more space to get outside while maintaining physical distancing.
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Lake Shore Boulevard West was one of the more popular ActiveTO routes in 2020, but it’s not able to close every weekend this year due to extensive construction that is happening nearby. City staff, however, are working on plans to close it on an upcoming weekend.
The City is also planning to expand the closures to Allen Road starting June 6, but no details have yet been released. Other locations for potential ActiveTO routes are still being considered including Black Creek Drive and roads within Exhibition Place.
But until those come to fruition, you’ll still be able to spend your weekend walking, jogging, and biking to your heart’s content along Bayview, River, and Lake Shore East.