As anyone who has tried to walk down sections of Parliament Street while maintaining social distancing knows, it can be a challenge. On Monday, Mayor Tory announced the creation of CurbTO, a new initiative to help increase space for pedestrians trying to get around line-ups outside essential businesses and other sidewalk pinch points.
This temporary change to road operations will also create Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones for drivers and delivery agents, to expedite medicine and food pick-ups and allow for parking for up to 10 minutes in close proximity to the desired essential business in otherwise restricted parking areas.
Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street is one of the pedestrian zones included in the first 10 areas that will see this change. The city plans to expand to the program to more than 100 locations across the city.
To help essential businesses and services, and community agencies, support physical distancing outside their buildings while also accommodating increased demand for delivery and pickup services, the City is offering two programs: Temporary Parking Pick-up Zones and Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones. For more information, email curbTO@toronto.ca.