The Travelling Eglinton theme area focuses on providing the basis for a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the portion of Eglinton where the Crosstown will be running underground (between Black Creek Drive and Brentcliffe), as well as a Public Realm Plan for the full length of the corridor (Jane Street to Kennedy Road). As the Crosstown will reduce the need for much of the existing bus service, the opportunity exists to remove existing designated bus priority lanes and reallocate the space for wider sidewalks, street trees, on-street parking, and bike lanes.
The analysis is geared towards achieving a mobility mix that balances the needs of all users of the right-off-way – pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, transit users, deliveries and servicing. An important component of the Study is to ensure that walking and cycling are viable ways to travel along Eglinton Avenue. A high quality public realm will have direct and convenient connections, frequent crossings, and accessible pathways which will link the street to both the ravines and new Crosstown stations. Cycling infrastructure will also have positive effects on health and wellbeing. Additionally, the street needs to perform at an acceptable level of service for vehicular mobility, sufficiently accommodate goods movement at necessary locations, and provide unobstructed routes that are acceptable for emergency access.
Access from rear laneways and/or curb space for on-street loading and deliveries should be encouraged. Locations for both on-street and off-street public parking will be carefully identified and strategically provided to service business. In addition, the social and economic vitality of the businesses and communities will be supported by providing a quality, durable public realm with sufficient space for patios and retail display and accessible, wide sidewalks and pedestrian amenities.
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