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New turn prohibitions at Bayview and Soudan/Parkhurst


This week brand new signs were installed that reflect new turn prohibitions that were recommended by Transportation Services in a Report for Action back in September.  Area residents have been concerned about the safety of this intersection for years, let us all hope these new rules increase safety.   (Photos below provided by Ian Smith)

The new signs:

  • prohibit eastbound left turns from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Bayview Avenue and Parkhurst Boulevard/Soudan Avenue
  • prohibit eastbound through traffic movements from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Bayview Avenue and Parkhurst Boulevard/Soudan Avenue
  • prohibit westbound left turns from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Bayview Avenue and Parkhurst Boulevard/Soudan Avenue
  • prohibit westbound through traffic movements from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Bayview Avenue and Parkhurst Boulevard/Soudan Avenue.

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Another crash at Bayview and Soudan/Parkhurst Tuesday

Doesn’t look like there were any injuries — this time.  Seems as if the Porsche was trying to dash across Bayview. There is a “solution” being proposed but it isn’t very driver friendly. Traffic advisors want no-go rules at Soudan-Parkhurst

Traffic advisors want no-go rules at Soudan-Parkhurst

A volunteer body known as the South Leaside Traffic Committee is recommending no left turns at rush hour at Soudan/Parkhurst and Bayview Ave. It also favours a full-time ban on straight-through traffic from Davisville to Leaside and vice versa. Right turns would be okay at any time. The committee was created by and reports to Jon Burnside (Ward 26). The no left idea isn’t quite the same for Davisville residents as for those in Leaside. Access southbound has many alternates for Leaside drivers. For those on the west side access to Bayview northbound will mean a trip north on Banff (or other street) or the prospect of sitting in the left-turn lane (if there is one) at the corner of Eglinton and Bayview. It may be necessary. The committee concludes that traffic lights create traffic over time and this may be true but in the era of LRT condominium towers, there is going to be traffic. Councillor Josh Matlow is also party to this planning and has consulted people on the Ward 22 side of Bayview.

Saturday afternoon collision report at Bayview, Soudan

Bayview and Soudan/Parkhurst with another collision

Mariam Hassan has written to report yet another accident at Bayview Ave. and Soudan/Parkhurst Thursday (May 26, 2016). It happened about 2.30 in the afternoon and saw an SUV trying to cross Bayview westbound from Parkhurst to Soudan. It hit a car heading southbound. There was a lot of debris but no injuries apparently. But of course it could easily have been worse. After The South Bayview Bulldog raised the need for a traffic light here some readers said it would be opposed by residents because it might slow down their exit on right hand turns north from Leaside. Maybe. The corners at Millwood and Fleming Crescent are classic cases of how traffic frequently goes nowhere. On some lights traffic hardly moves as cars turning left or right wait for pedestrians to cross. But it is safer than the game at Bayview and Soudan/Parkhurst. The number of accidents are a clear sign that lights are needed. Citizen “traffic study” suggests stoplight at Soudan.

Citizen “traffic study” suggests a stop light at Soudan

You don’t have to be city planner to know there are an awful of cars trying to get through the intersection of Bayview Ave and Soudan Ave/Parkhurst Blvd. Try to count them in this two-minute video. It was shot this Saturday around 5.30 but those who live around here can recall at least three nasty events at the corner in six or seven months. The crosswalk (like most crosswalks) has proven dangerous for some people and there are lots of pedestrians. Merchants in the north block think their customers would be safer getting in and out of their cars if traffic were stopped at both Manor Rd and Soudan, the way it is on Mt. Pleasant.

Accident at Bayview and Parkhurst says Toronto Fire

There has been an accident at the often confusing corner of Bayview Avenue and Parkhurst Boulevard (Soudan Ave) Tuesday afternoon. The fire department was called to free a person trapped, according to Toronto Fire dispatch. Left turns onto Bayview can be misjudged. .

Resident concerned for pedestrians at Bayview and Soudan


Screeching tires and sirens can be heard from inside Mr. Smith’s home.

South Bayview resident, Ian Smith, is sick and tired of seeing collisions and injuries near his home at the intersection of Bayview & Soudan Aves. (Parkhurst to the east).  For the last two years he has noticed a steady increase in traffic mishaps in this location and believes that the LRT construction may have something to do with it.  With many drivers avoiding the chaos of Eglinton, they are choosing to frequent side streets, causing traffic issues that may not have existed a few years ago.

Mr. Smith has contacted Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service and local Councillors Burnside and Matlow (who share this intersection).  He wants to see this intersection become safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Dear Chief Saunders,

I am a resident living steps away from the intersection of Bayview Ave. and Soudan Ave.

This intersection has a PXO crosswalk installed and has four lanes of traffic on Bayview and two lanes on the Soudan/Parkhurst cross street. The four lanes of Bayview have the PXO crosswalk.

This letter is to request a traffic survey to ascertain if an adult crossing guard is warranted in this location. Alternately, are there are any other tools at your disposal to improve the safety of this dangerous intersection.

I have contacted City Councillors Burnside and Matlow regarding this matter, and my city Councillor Josh Matlow gave me his full support to make this application. I have also spoken with Sgt Matt Moyer at 53 Division about this issue and possible solutions.

Last month we had a meeting on site which included the Councillors and city staff along with a police officer and concerned residents. The meeting was called due to the increase in traffic caused by the LRT and condo construction diverting traffic to the adjacent residential streets. This increase in traffic has brought with it the frequent collisions we are seeing as traffic tries to cross four lanes of traffic at Bayview, during rush hour it is quite hectic and dangerous to cross the street. The police data itself shows a high risk intersection with almost a hundred collisions a year and around a dozen personal injuries each year based on the month of January data.

This is a residential neighbourhood heavy with pedestrian traffic from schools nearby, I am concerned that the intersection controls as they stand today do not perform their intended purpose any longer. A traffic review and the needed improvements are required in the short term to address this new reality.

Thank you for your consideration,

Ian G. Smith

We commend Mr. Smith for being pro-active on this issue. If you live in the area, please contact your Councillor and request something be done to increase safety on South Bayview.

Bayview closed by accident Friday south of Eglinton Ave.

Bayview Avenue was blocked to northbound traffic between Soudan Ave and  Eglinton Ave. Friday afternoon because of a collision. Bus traffic was diverted along Millwood and up Cleveland to Eglinton. The road reopened about 4 p.m.

Minor personal injury accident at Bayview and Parkhurst

Toronto Police Service operations (TPS Ops) has tweeted a minor personal injury accident at Bayview Ave. and Parkhurst Blvd. This was about 4.30 p.m. Traffic will slowed by the investigation at this tricky corner where movement is controlled by stop signs for vehicles on Parkhurst and Soudan Ave. and by the crosswalk. Not 100 percent effective or safe as traffic speeds along the Bayview curb lanes at rush hour with little or no visibility of the full intersection.

Petition begun to limit height of Bayview/Soudan project

The development on Bayview Ave between Soudan and Hillsdale Aves is much on the minds of residents in both Wards 22 and 26.  An online petition has been started to demand that the so-called Bayview/Soudan development be required to conform to City bylaws, particularly that regarding height. It will be an instructive process as the owners of the property, the Brown Group, calculate the just what they will get from the City’s bottom line on that point. The unknown factor as always is the Ontario Municipal Board. It’s not likely that the rather forlorn properties in question will be left as they are if Brown can make money at five or six storeys. The more likely saw-off might be seven storeys. Meantime, tomorrow night (Tuesday April 28. 2015)  a meeting is scheduled  for discussion of the redevelopment of the Sunnybrook Plaza. That’s at the William Lea room at 7 p.m. Look for a discussion of the wet building grounds, evidence of the creek that still runs under the property.

Witness sends comment on crosswalk accident

A 22-year-old woman has been struck by a car on Bayview Ave at or near the crosswalk for Soudan Ave. and Parkhurst Blvd (on the east side).  It appears she was hit by the vehicle when it failed to stop for the crosswalk. We have eyewitnesses information in the form of a comment below that corrects an earlier version.  Thanks to Mr. Baker for his information. The accident occurred about 8  p.m.  and the woman was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital. Police diverted traffic, including the 11 Bayview bus, along Cleveland Street and Manor Road.