Building bike lanes in less time for less money

The Railpath Expansion process will immediately speed up for 2017 thanks to the just announced changes to the EA process for cycling infrastructure.


Railpath Run 2015 September 26th !

Join us for Toronto’s 4th Annual Railpath Run! Our time trial format offers participants an opportunity to make as many loops of the 2km course as they can in 45mins. Participants have the choice of the ‘Run’ or the ‘Community Walk/Run’. Both events are timed and are perfect for all fitness levels. So whether you’re looking to see how fast/far you can run in a set time, to set a new personal best, or just want to take a lovely stroll with the family in support of a good cause, everyone is welcome! The Railpath Run is held on The West Toronto Railpath. For exact location and other event details, please visit our website Please be advised that the path is too narrow to accommodate strollers or pets for this event. All proceeds from this race will benefit The Stop Community Food Centre. Add to Race Kit pick up section: Race kit pick up is available on site at least half an hour before the start of the race.

Stewardship Tour – Railpath as Urban Habitat


Many thanks to local naturalist Richard Aaron and our curious-minded group who came together July 29 to learn about the diverse urban ecology of the West Toronto Railpath park. Richard shared ethnobotanical tales, railpath history, wildlife facts and plant ID for more than 30 vines, perennials, shrubs, and trees that thrive in this dynamic landscape.

For more about Richard Aaron and his various hikes, workshops and talks throughout the GTA.

Photo: Gelareh Saadapajouh

4 Great events this Saturday on Railpath!

All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath (WTR) Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant 500 milkweed plants – the main food source of the Monarch butterfly- in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed?‘ Campaign. We will gather at 9am under the Wallace Avenue/ Railpath access pedestrian bridge with remarks at 10am.

10am – Erika Richmond MLA from the office of Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, prime consultant on WTR Phase 1

10:20 – J. Scott MacIvor – PhD, Urban Ecologist – Bees in the City

10:40 – Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation/’Got Milkweed?’ campaign- The importance of milkweed in urban plantings.

11 am – Friends of WTR.

Also please check the family fun at the second instalment of “Buzz On The Bridge”,  and while there add your thoughts to “Love Letters To The Junction Triangle Past Present and Future“. And as part of Bike Month participate in “Cargo Bikes and Kids”.

A great day on Railpath….see you there!

Got Milkweed? Railpath Planting June 6!

Raise public awareness for the Railpath as a Car~free, multi mobile corridor and biological diverse public park  and get your hands dirty!

9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday June 6th 2015
All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant milkweed- the main food source of the Monarch butterfly in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed’ Campaign.All we need are your hands to plant milkweed in a pre chosen site near the Ernest Ave. Railpath access. Explore the entire phase 1 stage of this unique linear park and learn more about the plans for the phase 2 Railpath extension.

These materials will be part of my intervention:


It would be great if participants can bring with them:


Here is a link to our 100 in 1 Day page. And check out the butterfly themed Buzz On The Bridge  the same day.

Railpath Cleanup Day April 18

Join the Parkdale RoadRunners and Community members for a cleanup on the Railpath ! Here are the deets:

The sun is finally out and it’s time to give our community a bit of spring cleaning! On Saturday, April 18, Parkdale Roadrunners will be doing our part to make the West Toronto Railpath a little more beautiful for all us runners and everyone else using it this spring and summer. As part of the city’s Clean Toronto Together 2015 project, we’re asking anyone and everyone to spare about one hour to help us clean the Railpath between Bloor St. and Dundas St.

WHEN AND WHERE: Meet on the Railpath at the Bloor Street entrance at 12 NOON. We will move south as a group, cleaning as we go. Bags will be dropped for City pick-up at Dundas St. Garbage / recycling bags will be provided. We hope to be done it all by 1 p.m.
BRING AND WEAR: A pair of gloves if you have them and wear your PDRR gear.
Let’s do this!

(other cleanup locations in Junction Triangle)

Railpath Expansion Update

Railpath expansion is in the last days of an environmental Assessment (EA) and barring any last minute snags the shovels will go in the ground in 2017! Yea! We had hoped that 2016 would be the year but the EA process has taken longer so it has pushed back the final design and tendering.

On October 22 the Province announced that cycling infrastructure would no longer be required to use the time consuming provincial environmental assessment process and would now be subject to a shorter review. This means that Railpath 2 has automatically moved to the final stage of public notice before an RFP for detailed drawings can tendered.

This is the City of Toronto EA page for the project. There is a slide show that can be opened to provide a great overview. One note, the most southerly part of the expansion shows a route from Abell Street south east that uses Sudbury Avenue. This was not the original preferred route and is not going to happen at this time. This remaining short stretch is going to be rethought, considering the original preferred route along the rail corridor, and other potential routes, in conjunction with locals and stakeholders. The idea is to think big and inventive and see how we can get people across King and into Liberty Village in a way that adds to the community and adds to the larger Railpath vision.

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