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Toronto Council to Debate Grand Boulevard on Eglinton

Eglinton Connects plan would widen sidewalks and provide separated bike lanes along Eglinton Avenue.

City councilors will debate an amended plan for the area along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.  The Eglinton Connects plan would create a “Complete Street” that would provide an “active mix of transportation options for all users” states the report.  The plan calls for sidewalks to be widened making room for big trees, street furniture, patios and retail zones. 

The Eglinton Connects plan would also provide protected lanes for cyclists, and an extended network of rear laneway that will be situated at the rear of all new buildings to avoid issues on Eglinton.  The plan also calls for on-street parking to be maintained which is raising questions about vehicular traffic in the area given that would likely mean that vehicles will be forced to use a single lane in each direction. 

City Council will debate the plan during its regular monthly meeting which begins on Tuesday.

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  1. don was right posted on 07/07/2014 10:40 AM
    what a buncj of morons. what about the 6 billion cost of gridlock? How much do a bunch of made in China bicycle riders contribute to the economy? If they were making any form of contribution, they woudkl be driving made in canada cars.
    1. john posted on 07/10/2014 05:50 AM
      @don was right yooz englsh pleez
  2. tanjo posted on 07/07/2014 12:13 PM
    I prefer Socknacki's plan of eliminating parking on the street altogether. Parked cars and delivery vans cause much more of a headache for me than cyclists do. If we are enhancing the rear laneway network anyway, can we not do that?

    Bike lanes are fine as long as you are not reducing the lanes of traffic.
    1. john posted on 07/07/2014 12:58 PM
      @tanjo so let me get this stra8 . this ideal is coming form a politician who last name sounds like a sexual position . hmm makes scene . he will not get in but it makes sense . .
    2. don was right posted on 07/10/2014 05:50 AM
      @john yooz englsh pleez.
    3. tanjo posted on 07/10/2014 10:45 AM
      @john Okay, so if each candidate had a sexual position named after them, what would it be?

      The Tory Position - Good when you want go both ways. May be high risk.
      The Chow Position - Soft. Simple. Good for Beginners.
      The Stintz Position - "Bow to the Czar!"
      The Socknacki Position - Effective. Economical. Boring. Nobody does it.
      The Ford Position - The same thing, repeated over and over again until you fall asleep.
  3. dama posted on 07/07/2014 02:23 PM
    I have driven along Eglinton and you have to be very patient driving on that stretch..
    2 lanes with parking now and this plan will be a waste of good money and it will create more gridlock and business will suffer..

    There is no way to widen Eglington but reducing will be a very dumd idea.. and councillors are wasting time debating it..

    I would toss it..

    Boulvevard is good only when it is along the water.. like Lakeshore.. where one can walk leisurely and enjoying the coool breeze and or beach..
    1. tanjo posted on 07/07/2014 03:10 PM
      @dama Dama, do you know what stretch they are referring to? Admittedly, I am thinking of the road between Allen and Yonge and I would agree with you. I can't see how they can do it without eliminating lanes.

      But then they talk about "new buildings" and I am wondering if they are referring to a different part of Eglinton.

      Your point is also valid regarding why they need to put a boulevard there at all. It seems they are trying to "create" a Destination. If I were to pick a Destination location for the city, I don't think Eglinton would be on my list.

      I would rather they just focus on making it functional.
    2. dama posted on 07/07/2014 03:28 PM
      @tanjo Even if it is towards the East, closer to Bayview side, after Yonge;traffic is no better.. once you hit Don Valley, it will be slightly better.... that stretch, there might be land for developments.. West of Yonge to Dufferin is gridlock.. and I have not travelled that road for the longest time..

      Destination zone to what?

      Yonge/Eglington might be the only place one wants to go for the theatres and shopping.. would only be good if ONE wants to there on Saturday or Sunday. And Mon to Fri during office days and hours.. drivers will suffer and probably see more road rage..

      Plan should get rid of gridlock and city planners are vain in their planning, they want to see wide walkway.. with benches and planters and bicycle lanes with total disregard to motor vehicles..

      Bad planning..
  4. Transitbuff posted on 07/08/2014 03:17 AM
    If Eglinton from Avenue or maybe Allen to Bayview or perhaps Laird is to be reduced to two lanes with Eglinton connects then why are we bothering to waste our tax money on burying the LRT? We would have been better off just running it straight down the middle of the road saving on tunneling! you would get the same two lanes of traffic! I thought tunneling was being done to preserve the existing lanes as is. If not then this is a billion dollar or more waste, and will create more traffic gridlock. might as well have just done another St Clair and be done with it.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/08/2014 11:44 AM
      @Transitbuff Another excellent point. Let's hope it is made effectively at council today. The fact that Tory and Ford are both against it should have some impact on the debate.
    2. Transitbuff posted on 07/10/2014 02:10 AM
      @tanjo I have read the pdf on this Eglinton is to be reduced to two lanes of traffic from Avenue rd. to Mt. Pleasant one in each direction so that is the official plan, a third lane will be used for left turns only. Lanes will be constructed as development proceeds north and south of Eglinton to accommodate delivery's and emergency vehicles. So Keesmaat is lying when she says nowhere will there be only one lane in each direction
      again why are we paying billions to tunnel if the plan all along was to reduce the avenue to a two lane street?
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