After pausing the program over the winter, the Lake Shore Boulevard West ActiveTO road closures are coming back this weekend.
Beginning Saturday, May 15 at 6 am, walkers, runners, and bikers will be able to cruise down the eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road. The lanes will stay closed off to cars until Sunday, May 16 at 9 pm.
“The ActiveTO route along Lake Shore Boulevard West is back this weekend along with several other road closures so people have safe options to be outside and active while continuing to follow the public health advice,” said Mayor John Tory. “We are working to provide all the spaces we can for people to safely get out for a run, for a walk, or a bike ride.”
The Lake Shore West closures almost didn’t come back this year. Initially, a March 9 City staff report had advised against repeating last year’s weekend closures due to the traffic conditions it caused.
That, compounded with this year’s planned construction and road closures at the nearby intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalles, and the Queensway, would cause too many traffic issues, the report claimed. But a motion passed by City Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee requested an investigation into potential opportunities for Lake Shore West to close — either fully or partially — on select weekends this year.
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As of now, this weekend’s closure is the only one planned for Lake Shore West, but City staff are exploring other opportunities.
Lake Shore West won’t be the only roadway closed for ActiveTO this weekend. The eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard East between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue will close, as well as Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.
The roads through High Park will also close to vehicle traffic from 11 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday.