Toronto drivers have not been too happy with the ActiveTO initiative lately, blaming the program for a rise in accidents around a busy highway.
Back in June, the city announced a plan to make sure Toronto residents have enough space to get outside and enjoy the summer weather, while also following physical-distancing rules.
Part of this initiative was closing some major roads on the weekends in an attempt to allow people to walk and bike safely.
Road closures will be in place until September on Lake Shore Boulevard East and West as well as Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.
Now, frustrated drivers are taking to social media to express their disappointment with the initiative which they say is causing traffic and accidents on the Gardiner Expressway.
I got stuck in a 90 minute jam - accident on Gardiner at Jameson, offramp to Lakeshore & Windermere closed. 8 - 9 p.m.!?! on a Saturday.— KenFranklin (@KenFZill) August 9, 2020
It was special when I drove out westbound on the holiday Monday at noon. A regular Sat. Evening (in fact closed 48 straight) is too much!
Some drivers have even been making illegal turns to avoid the traffic backup activeTO creates.
Here we go again! Motorists dangerously turning west onto EB Gardiner collectors to avoid express backup. DON'T DO THIS! pic.twitter.com/XFZLqkL1oP— 680 NEWS Traffic (@680NEWStraffic) August 23, 2020
The Jameson exit on the Gardiner Expressway eastbound has been particularly problematic.
Crash on the go @ Gardiner EB at Jameson. As a traffic reporter, I can confirm 💯 that the #activeto initiative Toronto has been a disaster. I would estimate between 75 to 100 accidents in this exact same spot since it started due to Lakeshore closure. Huge delays every Sat/Sun. pic.twitter.com/UgNyBxTiGe— Chris McKee (@mrmckee) August 24, 2020
"@PaulaFletcherTO @JohnTory It’s time to rethink ActiveTo road closures. Two weekends in a row there has been a serious accident on the Gardiner expressway causing MASSIVE delays to enter the city. Yesterday was almost a 2 hour delay," another person wrote.
There was not enough cycle traffic to justify the traffic delays.— S Recomm (@RecommS) August 9, 2020
How did everyone enjoy the Gardiner all lane shut down at Jameson due to an accident and the ensuing backup to Islington?
Others called for ActiveTO to be cancelled when the weather doesn't allow for most outdoor activities.
Recently, news of accidents and delays on the Gardiner Expressway have been nonstop as drivers entering the city have little choice but to take the crowded expressway.
Don't worry drivers, September is around the corner.
by Tanja Saric via blogTO