In April 2021, Toronto City Council approved the installation of a Complete Street pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue as part of the City’s Pandemic Mobility Recovery Strategy. Yonge Street was transformed into a Complete Street through the CaféTO and ActiveTO programs, which were both created in 2020 as quick-start COVID-19 response programs. CaféTO provided urgent support to hundreds of local restaurants, and ActiveTO has connected the City’s cycling network like never before.
The Midtown Complete Street intercept survey included a pre-installation survey conducted in June 2021 and a post-installation survey in September 2021. Over 1,145 surveys were conducted with the general public on Yonge Street using a randomized methodology to ensure a diverse cross section of respondents. Results were analyzed to find trends in perception of the diverse respondents.
Here are the key findings included within the City’s 2022 ActiveTO Cycling Network Expansion Project Updates report:
- 76% of respondents felt that the project created a Complete Street
- Respondents reported driving less and cycling more on Midtown Yonge
- Cyclists and food delivery workers using bikes felt safer
- 31% of respondents visited more often following the installation
- Overall, respondents widely appreciated the Complete Street infrastructure