Put William Street On A Road Diet?

What do you think of this configuration for William Street? (like what was done on Yonge Street – although I’d suggest we use real road paint that lasts more than a season)

A suggestion like this may be coming to Council this term to consider re-painting William Street (also a truck route) in a configuration like Yonge with two lanes, a centre turning lane and two bike lanes. This configuration turned many people off when done on Yonge Street but people seem to have come to either like or tolerate it and the world did not end.

Thoughts about extending this “road diet” to William to help slow traffic down and make the heavily-used roadway safer for the residents, pedestrians and cyclists daring enough to climb that hill? I can handle the downhill 🙂

**Note: great discussion going on here and on the facebook post… But to alleviate any concerns, this is not a “plan”, but a concern that I expect to see William Street residents approach Council about. I like to get some conversations going to test the waters and get community input ahead of these discussions.


  1. Yes, put it on a road diet, to slow traffic down and make it safer for pedestrians, not just cyclists. Also, easier to cross the road if there is only 1 lane in either direction.

  2. Why are the bike lanes so small? Why are the bike lanes in the part of the road that is so broken up we end up in the car lane anyway? Why are all the manholes in the bike lanes up and wreck tires? Why are the bike lanes on Midland Ave in the parking spots, and I have to avoid car doors regularly? Why are bikers not consulted when bike lanes are made?

  3. That sound like a very good idea. And yes, that paint on the road sure didn’t stand up as for other roads. It is easy for someone not familiar with the road to be in the wrong lane. Painting sure needs to be done soon. Thanks Bill.

    • Water base paint does not last as long as oil base paint .If you want lines to last longer then use oil but that can only be used certain times of the year .There is plastic but very expensive.

  4. At the beginning of Yonge Str. change I was all against it, but now I like it. It’s easier to turn and the traffic is more controlled (speeding). I personally would like to see the same system on William Str. but the downfold is there are more heavy trucks on that road and people will get more ticked off driving up hill behind the truck. And when finally coming to the top near the Gas station you find you have a red light. On the other hand it would be nice to have a safe bicycle lane and not using the side walk. It will be easier in the wintertime with snow plow. Snow plow don’t have to plow as close to the side walk as they do right now and scrape the road curb.

  5. I agree with this. It has done wonders for Yonge St (most of the time).

    However, people will be people. I have been passed on Yonge St by aggressive drivers using the turning lane as a passing lane. On the downhill towards the bay, I expect we would see this more often due to the tendency for people to let their speed run away.

    I’m not sure if this would be safer for pedestrians crossing or not, but those courtesy crosswalks currently in place seem like a death trap. Perhaps also installing a standard crosswalk at Tiffin Park would be a consideration.

  6. Good idea for William Street, Bill. Right now, if you need to cross William Street, you are risking bodily harm or death!

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