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SmartCentres and their Dumb BigBox Parking Lot Plan for the Lakeshore Multi-Use Path

BikeToronto.ca has a fantastic write-up of the proposed SmartCentre development, and how what they want to do will essentially destroy the multi-use path on the north side of Lakeshore Bourlevarde:

The image from the site plan drawing below shows the what appears to be the main entrance at the centre of the site which will have five lanes of traffic that cyclists and other path users will have to attempt to navigate to make their way along the path downtown or to the Don Trail. Also shown is the crossing on the west side of the site which is similar in dimension to the crossing on the east site of the site
Smart Centre Intersection Lake Shore East Path
Contained in a report to City Council the site plan shown the three crossings that are planned across the Lakeshore East Path.629, 633, and 675 Eastern Avenue – Official Plan and Zoning Application (see page 29). You can see a higher res version for the full site plan here at Joe Clark’s Flickr page. This is a portion of that image showing the 5 lane intersection planned as what appears to be the main entrance to the mall as well as the entrance/exit on the west side of the site.

It appears only one of these crossings, the main entrance at the centre, will have traffic signals and from the designs it appears all crossings will have a significant amount of right hand turning traffic which is much more difficult to control. Cars and trucks turning right into the mall’s 3 entrances will be a hazard to cyclists. Those making right hand turns out of the mall onto Lake Shore Blvd. will likely sit and block the path while they wait for an opening in traffic. I ride this path frequently and traffic is quite low at the street crossings at Booth, Logan, and Morse. These new intersections will be far different than those minor streets. They will rival the traffic at the major intersection at Leslie Street to the east. With 1,900 parking spaces this mall is designed to be a car magnet, and with 100 stores there will be a steady stream of trucks bringing in merchandise to the loading docks which appear to be located at the easternmost entrance.

The SmartCentre developers seem to think they can pull a fast one here… depicting the 5-lane entrance from the above diagram as such:

A sickening mis-representation of what will happen – that looks like 2 lanes, not 5… and with 1900 parking spots, more than 1 car will be entering or leaving… not to mention all the delivery trucks that will be going through here after coming from the Gardiner and the DVP.

In reality the development will turn a nice and well-used multi-use path…

… into an intersection like the one at Lakeshore and Leslie:

Contact your city councilor and MPP to ask them to stop this development.

Read more at BikeToronto.ca and visit NoBigBox.ca to learn about community opposition to this.

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