The City has recently completed three cycling projects that are improving connections through and into the core area. The Dundas Cycle Track, the Colborne Cycle Track extension, and the Dundas-Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) connection represent 2.6 kilometres of new cycling infrastructure, and an $8-million municipal investment in the City’s active transportation network in 2020/2021.

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Map of Core Area Cycling Projects

Current cycling construction in the core

Construction in 2022 includes:

  • adding in-boulevard bike lanes on both sides of Ridout Street between Fullarton and King Street, as part of the Downtown Loop.
  • improving cycling on Queens Ave between Quebec Street and Maitland Street by switching the location of the bike lane and the on-street parking area, to provide a smooth road for all users and a more comfortable walking and cycling experience.
  • replacement of the existing Victoria Street Bridge on Ridout Street next to Thames Park with a new “through arch” structure that includes a widened deck surface to better accommodate bicycle traffic, pedestrians, and improved connectivity with the Thames Valley Parkway.

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Dundas Street TVP Connection

The Dundas Street TVP Connection improves the link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) and Downtown, making it easier to reach existing transit routes, as well as planned rapid transit stops for this area.

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Dundas-TVP Connection Project Map

A new separated two-way bike lane will be constructed on the south side of Riverside Drive between Wilson Avenue and the west end of Kensington Bridge.​​​​​​

Timeline

This project is being completed in phases.

Phase 1 of construction began in August 2020, and a new separated bike lane was completed in the fall on Riverside Drive west of the Kensington Bridge. Crews also completed installing the new traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing on Riverside Drive at Wilson Avenue near Labatt Park. 

Phase 2 of the Dundas-TVP Connection began in 2021, extending the protected bike lane across the Kensington Bridge into the downtown to connect to the Thames Valley Parkway and Dundas Place.

Colborne Cycle Track Extension

In 2021 the original Colborne Street cycle track between Horton Street and Dufferin Avenue was extended north to Oxford Street East.

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Colborne Cycle Track Extension Map

In addition to adding separated bike lanes on Colborne between Dufferin Avenue and Oxford Street East, the project included:

  • widening some intersections to accommodate the bike lane
  • replacing asphalt on Colborne Street
  • removing on-street parking
Timeline

A significant portion of preparation work was completed this fall for the Colborne project, including relocating utilities and upgrades to the traffic signal systems at intersections.

Installation of the actual separated bike lanes, which consist of concrete curbs and green markers, along with road repaving work was completed in spring of 2021.

These illustrations show the "before and after" conditions of Colborne Street in this construction area. 


 

Dundas Cycle Track

The Dundas Cycle Track project connects Downtown with Old East Village by creating a permanent, separated east-west cycling route on Dundas Street between Wellington Street and Adelaide Street North. The west end of the project connects into Dundas Place and the east end of the project connects into the new separated bike lane added along the south side of Dundas between Adelaide and Ontario Streets as part of infrastructure renewal work completed in the Old East Village in 2021.

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Dundas Place project map

Separated bike lanes will be constructed:

  • on the north side of Dundas Street, between Wellington Street and William Street, for westbound cyclists
  • on the south side of Dundas Street, between Wellington Street and Adelaide Street, for eastbound cyclists (the eastbound bike lane on Dundas Street is designed to continue beyond Adelaide to Ontario Street
  • the portion east of Adelaide will be constructed in 2021 through Phase 2 of the Dundas Street Reconstruction project in Old East Village
  • on the east and west sides of William Street between Queens Avenue and Dundas Street

A portion of the bike lane continuing into Old East Village will also be completed this year between Ontario and English Street, and will be completed in 2021. 

Traffic signals and street lights will be modified at all intersections on Dundas within the project.

A protected intersection will be created for cyclists at Dundas Street and Colborne Street.

Timeline

Construction of the Dundas Cycle Track began in August 2020, and completed for the year in December. Some minor work remains, and finishing touches like adding green paint to the bike lane’s road surface and adding landscaping to planters will be completed in the spring of 2021.

These illustrations show the "before and after" conditions of Dundas Street in this construction area.