Toronto’s largest ribbon cutting ceremony ever took place on June 19th, 2015 as the official opening of the revitalized Queens Quay. After 3 years of construction, and over a decade’s worth of public consultation and work undertaken by Waterfront Toronto, transit vehicles, cars, pedestrians, and cyclists can now more safely share the beautified Complete Street.
The City of Toronto has made great headway on Complete Streets recently. In May 2014, City Council directed Transportation Services and City Planning to work together to develop Complete Streets Guidelines for Toronto. Then in August 2014, City Council adopted an amendment to the Official Plan which included a Complete Streets policy.
Queens Quay is not the first street in Toronto that could be considered a Complete Street (other examples include St. George and College Streets), and the new street design came out before this policy was approved last year. However, together with strong policy and new guidelines, we hope Queens Quay is representative of Toronto’s vision for the future of street design and serves as an example of how future street redevelopment can build on, and be inspired by.