The City of Toronto has installed barriers for 20 curbside pick up locations to stop pedestrians from overcrowding as they wait to pick up takeout or other essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CurbTO program, launched on April 27, aims to target 100 sites by creating curb lane pedestrian zones to increase space for residents trying to get around line-ups outside of essential businesses.
Temporary parking pick-up zones have also been designated to allow drivers to park for up to 10 minutes in close proximity to the desired essential business in otherwise restricted parking areas.
As of May 4, CurbTO has been installed barriers at 11 temporary pedestrian zones and nine temporary delivery and pickup zones, the city told Daily Hive in a statement.
According to the City, the 11 pedestrian sites that have been targeted so far include:
- Parliament Street and Spruce Street
- Berkley Street and Gerrard Street East
- Church Street and Carlton Street
- Princess Street and Front Street East
- Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West
- Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street
- Ellerbeck Street and Danforth Avenue (180 Danforth)
- Ellerbeck Street and Danforth Avenue (200 Danforth)
- Pape Avenue and Danforth Avenue
- Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street
- Logan Avenue and Danforth Avenue
And the nine delivery and pick up zones include:
- 449 Parliament Street
- 457 to 461 Parliament (East Side)
- 391 King Street West
- Dalton Road and Bloor Street West
- Princess Street and Front Street
- Ellerbeck Street and Broadview Avenue
- Bathurst Street and King Street West
- Balmuto Steet and Bloor Street West
- Boulton Avenue and Gerrard Street East
Currently, essential businesses can send applications to the City if they would like either a temporary parking pick-up zone or curb lane pedestrian zone to ensure of physical distancing outside a local establishment.
“The City is actively working with local Councillors and essential businesses, and reviewing requests from the public,” the municipality said.
They also noted that overall they have received “mostly positive feedback about the zones from residents and essential businesses.”
Some residents have been sharing photos from different CurbTO sites across the city, with remarks that more needs to be done to protect pedestrians.
One photo was shared of traffic barrels outside a Loblaws at Church and Carlton.
“Really nice for one short block, but then the super narrow sidewalk and pedestrian crowding resume. This is a great first step, but it needs to be done at greater lengths and on more streets,” reads the social media post.
#CurbTO in action at Church and Carlton. Really nice for one short block, but then the super narrow sidewalk and pedestrian crowding resume.
This is a great first step, but it needs to be done at greater lengths and on more streets. pic.twitter.com/QMujKYkCHV
— Kevin (@kcw_022) May 5, 2020
Another captured the pedestrian zone at Broadview and Gerrard, with the traffic barrels in front of a business, but noted that “the block (at the actual intersection) remains congested and it’s impossible to distance from others.”
This is the entire Broadview and Gerrard #CurbTO street closure. In front of one business. The rest of the block (at the actual intersection) remains congested and it’s impossible to distance from others. Do better @JohnTory and @PaulaFletcherTO. pic.twitter.com/jxPYLxl8Tp
— Michael Thompson (@MW_Thompson) May 3, 2020
Danforth Avenue, east of Logan Avenue, is another CurbTO area showing traffic barrels outside of a smaller grocery store to create a curb lane pedestrian zone.
“These barrels (aka flexible drums) appear to be the new heroes of the #CurbTO program,” one person wrote.
Danforth Ave is rockin’ the TC-54 traffic barrels now! These barrels (aka flexible drums) appear to be the new heroes of the #CurbTO program.
— Vivien Leong (she/her) (@vleongTO) May 2, 2020
At this time, the City did not say when the other sites would be installed.