Destination Danforth

 

Danforth Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Dawes Road has been temporarily transformed in order to better support local businesses, provide safe mobility options for all road users and enable people to maintain physical distancing.

Changes include streetscape improvements (painted curb extensions, planters, art installations, etc.), cafe seating in the curb lane, curbside separated bike lanes, 24/7 parking on both sides of Danforth, one traffic lane in either direction and turn lanes at intersections.

Work began July 15, 2020. Read the construction notice and the August 21, 2020 Installation update for further details. The project is following an iterative design process, meaning staff will adjust the design to address issues and concerns throughout the installation period. It will be delivered in multiple phases.

Artistic curb extension installations are almost complete, accessible ramps have been added to patios, new loading zones are being added for businesses, new murals are coming this September, and further monitoring and adjustments are being made.

Destination Danforth is part of a bigger Danforth Study – further public consultation will start-up again later this fall. Stay tuned! 

Coming Up this Fall

Signal Work:

  • Traffic Signal Optimization to improve traffic flow
  • Leading Pedestrian Intervals to improve pedestrian safety

Public Art:

  • 5 new art murals – artists will begin in September
  • 12 hand painted traffic signal boxes – the artists are scheduled to begin the week of September 22

Bike Share:

  • 2 additional new Bike Share stations will be added

Additional Pilot Adjustments:

  • On-Street Parking modifications to improve intersection sight lines
  • New loading opportunities & improved markings for designated loading zones
  • New pavement markings around fire hydrants to improve no parking compliance
  • New accessible loading platforms

Read the Destination Danforth Common Questions and Concerns document for further information.

Looking for information on how to use the new complete street on Danforth? Check out the “How To” document which includes information for people walking, biking and driving.

Visit the City’s website for further information:
https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/danforth-avenue-planning-study/

Thank you to everyone who attended the Virtual Community Meeting on July 23rd. Click here to view the presentation.

You can watch a recording of the meeting here:

You can view the design elements below:

 

 

City Council approved the installation of this ActiveTO project on Danforth Ave, as well as other installations throughout the City, at its May 28th meeting.

ActiveTO is about making sure people have space to get around while respecting physical distancing. ActiveTO Initiatives include quiet streets, closing major roads for active transportation, and expanding the cycling network.

The City is also supporting local businesses that want to expand their patio space through the CaféTO program. The program will make it easier for many restaurants and bars to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines, safety priorities, and accessibility requirements. This program will compliment Destination Danforth and new patio spaces will be open until November 16, 2020.

We have had to act fast in order to deal with the severe challenges of COVID-19. Originally it was thought this pandemic would be over in a few weeks, but now it looks like we are in it for the long haul – including an expected second wave. Finding new ways to safely move residents to the Danforth and across the city are important elements of a successful recovery.