West Queen West Study Walking Tour

Beginning in July, City of Toronto planning staff began conducting a study of West Queen West from Bathurst St. to Roncesvalles Ave. The study will look at the heritage character and value of buildings in the area, height of new developments, existing policies, public space improvements, transit issues and parking in the area, understanding and defining the character of the street and developing a vision for future development along the street. The first of two walks is set to take place this Saturday November 8th and will focus on Parkdale. Starting from Dufferin at the Amphitheatre the walk will continue west, ending at Roncesvalles. Community members are encouraged to join the walk to share thoughts and ideas about the neighbourhood. More details can be found here about the walk and the study. WQW Study

Downtown Transportation Operations Study

The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a study of downtown transportation operations. The purpose of the DTOS is to identify and address congestion and traffic operations issues in downtown Toronto. The study will develop near–to–medium term improvements to the existing surface transportation network that will help to achieve safe and efficient transportation in the downtown.

Roncesvalles and Queen Streetcar 1925

Roncesvalles and Queen Streetcar 1925

The DTOS, is about getting more out of the existing transportation infrastructure, in an attempt to make travel in the downtown less challenging and more efficient for all road users. The survey component is designed to collect information about road user behaviours. The DTOS is:

  • Focused on transportation into, out of, and within the study area.
  • Committed to helping all road users.
  • Based on the existing surface transportation network.
  • Intent on identifying near-term and medium-term solutions to operational issues.

If downtown traffic congestion is a concern to you, click here, or to complete the brief survey, click here.

Even those who don’t live or work downtown are effected by the congestion when travelling in the downtown core.

Phase II of Capital Design Strategy Breaks Ground in Parkdale!

The PVBIA broke ground this week for Phase II of the pedestrian lighting project. The installation of 8 additional pedestrian light poles is part of the ongoing Capital Design Strategy for the Parkdale Village BIA along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street.

Although Queen Street West has vehicular lighting, there was no pedestrian lighting within the BIA leaving the streets dark in the evening. Pedestrian lighting was a priority within the capital design project as functional lighting along a main street creates safer streets and ties the neighbourhood together, while attractive design ads to the aesthetic, two basic components of a good streetscape design.

The project will continue to create safer walking and meeting spaces and will add a total of 21 decorative light poles within the Parkdale Village BIA by Spring 2013.


The additional Phase II lighting will be installed within the following areas;

  • Queen St. W., east of Roncesvalles Ave
  • Queen St. W., south of MacDonell Ave
  • Queen St. W., south of Brock Ave
  • Queen St. W., east of Gwynne Ave

For further details or inquiries about the project, please contact the Parkdale Village BIA at 416-536-6918.

We thank all of our partners, residents and businesses for their patience as we work to improve our BIA through Streetscape initiatives such as this one.