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May 27, 2010
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
Special events and significant road work are taking place in Toronto this summer, including this weekend.

There are five special events this weekend that all residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy. These festivals and events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists.

People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. If you need to drive in these event areas, be patient and allow extra time to get to and from your destination.

Malvern Bicycle Race - Saturday road closure:
The northbound lanes of Neilson Road, from Sheppard Avenue to Sewells Road, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 to accommodate this event.

Walk for Israel - Sunday road closure:
A number of partial closures will take place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 to accommodate this event. The roads affected will be in the area bounded by Strachan Avenue in the west, Queen’s Quay in the south, Simcoe Street in the east and Wellington Street to the north.

World Partnership Walk - Sunday road closure:
• The formation and dispersal area for the parade will be at Metro Hall, 55 John St.
• A number of partial and full closures will take place affecting King Street and Simcoe Street between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 to accommodate this event.
• University Avenue from Wellington Street to Queen’s Park Circle will be closed in both directions during that three-hour period.

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays - Sunday road closure:
Parts of the following roads will be closed on Sunday, May 30 from noon to 10 p.m. to accommodate this festive event:
• Augusta Avenue
• Baldwin Street
• Kensington Avenue

Criterium Bike Race - Sunday road closure:
Some streets will be closed between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 to accommodate the annual bike race. Streets along the route of the race will be closed during that period. The course will start and finish along Front Street East (just in front of 39 Front St. E.). The racers will go left onto Scott Street, turn left onto the Esplanade, turn left onto Market Street and then turn left back onto Front Street.

A more complete list of events and road work is available at

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Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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