Remember that glorious bike path in Don Mills that was going to transform a former CN rail line into a cyclist’s utopia just in time for Canada Day? Don’t haul your beer coolers up to Leslie and Lawrence just yet. The CN Leaside Spur Line, which runs between Eglinton Avenue and York Mills Road., just east of Leslie Street, is facing another delay.
Since the City of Toronto bought the unused stretch of railway in 2003, the gravel path has been more popular with homeowners walking their dogs than cycling enthusiasts. The city had originally planned on paving the path by spring of this year, but heavy rain slowed down construction. There’s also no evidence of work being started on a proposed crosswalk where Lawrence Avenue cuts through the trail.
Dave Nosella, a project supervisor for the city’s Parks and Recreation department, says paving will begin the first week of July. Tree planting will follow, and the path is expected to be completed by the end of July. Bad news for bikes; good news for squirrels.