The popular ActiveTO weekend road closures will include Yonge Street during the final two Sundays of September.
On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto will expand the ActiveTO program to include Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay.
According to the City, the closures will be in partnership with Open Streets on Sunday, September 20, and Sunday, September 27.
Roads will close around 8 am and be reopened by 3 pm each day.
There will be more than 14 total kilometres of major roadway available for walking, running and biking on Sundays.
The other weekend road closure locations typically include parts of Lake Shore Boulevard West and East and Bayview Avenue, the City added.
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“ActiveTO has been an important part of our restart and recovery planning. By giving people space to practise physical distancing while being outside for activity, we have been supporting fundamental public health advice while continuing to work to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Tory.
“Council approved a common-sense, rapid approach to the cycling network in late May, we continue to make room for people, bikes and cars on neighbourhood streets, and I am pleased that through this partnership with Open Streets we will be expanding ActiveTO to Yonge Street on the last two Sundays in September.”
According to the City, vehicle access on these sections of roads will be closed and traffic will be managed through signal timing adjustments on adjacent routes as well as roadway signage to alert drivers.
Motorists who normally travel northbound Yonge Street on Sundays should plan ahead and use alternate routes.
During the closure, a physically distanced activity is planned, from 10 am to 2 pm, as part of Open Streets.
The Live Green Eco-Walk involves finding decals on the street that use QR codes to link to a green “fun fact” about Toronto, and participants can win a prize with the quiz.
Since the spring, ActiveTO has closed major streets on weekends to allow residents to physically distance while getting exercise outdoors.
Expanding the program to include Yonge Street will provide families with more outside space.