Beginning on Canada Day, the City of Markham is helping residents to safely get outside by creating temporary active transportation options that link Main Street Markham, Main Street Unionville and Markham Centre, and will be also be launching its Patio Extension Program.
“As we welcome warmer weather, the City of Markham is preparing to give you more options,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We have taken a thoughtful and careful approach to reopening and we are creating connections and transforming spaces to give pedestrians and cyclists greater access to all that our community has to offer, in support of our local businesses. This next phase allows for additional outdoor options while adhering to provincial orders, and ensuring public safety.”
These initiatives accommodate the increasing number of residents choosing to walk and cycle during COVID-19 and ensures that they will have enough space to travel, exercise, enjoy nature.
To provide safe access to greenspaces, accommodate the increasing number of residents engaged in active transportation, and to support transportation initiatives such as Markham Cycles, the City of Markham will be closing Enterprise Boulevard from Andre de Grasse Street to Main Street Unionville on Sundays and statutory holidays from Canada Day to Labour Day. In addition, the Villages and Valley Walking and Cycling Loop that connects Main Street Unionville to Main Street Markham will help our residents get across the city safely.
These initiatives add to the recently launched pilot project to reduce vehicular traffic on Main Street Unionville between Fred Varley Drive and Carlton Road, which supports local businesses and the community by providing a more comfortable environment for cyclists and pedestrians as they show some #LocalLove and shop in Unionville. Find out more at markham.ca/getactive.
The City of Markham continues to explore opportunities to expand cycling and walking spaces in other neighbourhoods. Stay connected to find out more as it happens by registering for Markham eNews at markham.ca/eNews.
Bars, restaurants and retail businesses who have successfully applied to the Temporary Use Zoning Bylaw to Permit Extended Outdoor Patios and Outdoor Display and Sales Areas are expected to begin offering outdoor services
to provide safe spaces for residents to dine and to #ShopLocal.