[Update: Broadview Avenue roadway construction is
now substantially complete and all lanes are now open]
Hi all. Here are two cycling routes to avoid some or all of
the roadway construction area on Broadview Ave between Danforth Ave and Pottery Rd. (On foot, you can just walk on the sidewalk using the main Broadview Ave detour)
See map below followed by text description.
Southbound: Turn right and climb up Pottery Rd on the right side trail. Catch your breath and curse about City construction. Continue through to Mortimer Ave, then quick right south (one-way) on Jackman Ave to Danforth Ave. Turn right on Danforth Ave, westbound to Broadview Ave where you turn left, southbound. Continue on Broadview untill you see the St. Mathew’s Clubhouse at the south end of Riverdale Park East, turn right onto the the trail/driveway that connects to Riverdale Bridge. On the bridge you can go down the stairs in the middle of the bridge to reconnect with the Lower Don Trail (there are troughs for wheeling your bike on the stairs – sorry no ramps, yet!). High fives, you made it!
Northbound: At Riverdale Bridge, go up the stairs (there are troughs for wheeling your bike on the stairs – sorry no ramps, yet!). Go right, eastbound up the trail to Broadview Ave where you turn left northbound. Continue to Danforth Ave, where you make a left and then a quick first right at Cambridge Ave, (before Bloor Viaduct bridge). Be careful of southbound traffic at the narrowed entry to Cambridge ave, and also appreciate the planted bump-out, how nice. Continue north on Cambridge Ave to the end, turn right on Chester Hill Rd (one-way) and then left back on to Broadview Ave (sorry construction area, you may want to walk your bike or take the whole lane with caution). At Potter Rd, enjoy the winding downhill shared lane (you may want to wait until there is less traffic behind you). After passing under the DVP, turn right back on to the Lower Don Trail northbound, and Bob is your uncle.
And remember to say something nice to construction crews working hard to make Lower Don Trail safer for generations to come.
Be safe out there, and enjoy the sunshine.