Friday, June 5, 2009

Gardiner AND DVP closed Sunday

National Post - Allison Hanes

Cyclists will take over the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway Sunday for the annual Heart and Stroke Ride for the Heart.

Motorists could be left to stew in coronary-inducing gridlock due to a number of road closures, big and small in the city this weekend, and overflow traffic clogging alternate routes.

The Gardiner will be blocked to traffic from the Humber River to Carlaw Avenue while the DVP will be shut its entire length from the 401 to the Gardiner.

The closure of both arteries will occur from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday – one of several street shut downs and events taking place across Toronto this weekend.

The city is advising people looking to get in an out of the core Sunday to use Lake Shore Boulevard, Bayview Avenue or Victoria Park Avenue.

A number of local road closures will also be in effect this weekend for neighbourhood events.

Here is a list of some of the events:

Portugal Day Saturday road closure:- Lansdowne Avenue from Bloor Street to College Street will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.- there will be a number of road closures in the area bounded by DundasStreet in the north, Crawford Street in the west, Queen Street in the south and Bellwoods Avenue to the east from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Family Fun Fit, Kids of Steel Triathlon (bike race)- westbound lanes of Kingston Road from Danforth Avenue to BirchmountRoad will be closed on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maya’s March-Conlins Road from Ellesmere Road to Military Trail will be closed on Sunday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blue Jays -In town with afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. Both days game time is 1:07 p.m.

Ride For Heart Web Site

Further to the city's recommendations, Traffic Services recommends these additional points:

1.) Choose alternatives - if you don't need to travel into the areas that will be affected don't. Travel to the area on Saturday or Monday instead of Sunday. Take public transit such as the TTC or GO.

2.) Leave extra time - If you must come to the area, leave much earlier than you normally would.

3.) Know alternative routes before you leave home. There are multiple choices beyond the normal streets like Bayview, Victoria Park, Lakeshore or the Queensway. Sometimes going further out of your way will actually make your journey easier and faster.

4.) If you are in the anticipated delays; relax, stay calm and go with the flow. Getting upset will only cause you stress and may lead to you making poor choices behind the wheel which could endanger you and others.

5.) Park with regards to all the by-laws. Illegal parking can greatly disrupt traffic flow and further restrict capacity of the alternates. Many times illegal parking can also be a safety issue to other road users.

6.) Be mindful not to block intersections. It is illegal to enter an intersection that you can not also exit without disrupting other traffic. Never assume that you will be able to clear an intersection.

7.) Minimize distractions by keeping your priority on driving.

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