Tucked into the southwest corner there was a humble gate , no bigger than a door, on the Queen Street campus of CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). So unassuming that it's hard to imagine it is the key to one of the most important cycling connections in Toronto. The Ward 19 Cycle Toronto group petitioned, negotiated and worked with Transportation Services staff and CAMH property management to improve the access by opening up a more visible gate. It's even better than what we had envisioned a few years ago, which was this:
Metal bollards were installed to prevent the neighbouring condo from blocking the entrance with their dumpsters. Oddly enough the City owned a small sliver of land here which meant that staff didn't need to get approval from any landowner, other than CAMH's to make a hole in the fence.
The Railpath part two (soon to start) will end just a couple blocks west of here at Abell, putting bikes onto Sudbury. From there to continue towards downtown the option is to either go down Sudbury to King, possibly to Douro/Wellington, or to go through CAMH onto Adelaide, which is residential until Bathurst and has protected bike lanes (most of the way) to Parliament. This new gate is a welcome addition to this city, and I hope it'll mean even more cooperation from CAMH to improve cycling access.