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What new changes are coming to Yonge Street in Richmond Hill

Before you head out on Yonge Street on your bike, refresh your cycling skills by clicking the images below to watch Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill’s webinar series, featuring videos on Cycling Safety and Rules of the Road.

Choosing your Bicycle Cycling Safety

Cycling Infrastructure York Region Rules of the Road

Great news for Richmond Hill businesses, residents and commuters - the final stages of rapidway construction are taking place on a new and improved Yonge Street in Richmond Hill as part of the vivaNext project! For more information, please visit

Image credit: York Region.

What changes can you expect on Yonge Street to further facilitate sustainable travel?

  • Red asphalt paving in centre rapidways and intersections for bus rapid transit.

  • Wider sidewalks with concrete planters for added pedestrian safety and comfort.

  • Raised bike lanes between Levendale Road and 19th Avenue/Gamble Road, and painted bike lanes between Highway 7 and Major Mackenzie Drive.

Cycling on Yonge Street will provide connectivity to the shared pathway on Highway 7 West and allows for multi-modal travel when accessing transit at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and Bernard Terminal.

We would like to thank our guest blogger Sonya De Vellis

Sonya De Vellis Senior Program Specialist Tel: 289-844-3026 Email:

Sonya De Vellis is Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill’s Program and Project Specialist. Since joining SCMRH in July 2015, Sonya has used her communications, interpersonal and management skills to create website and social media content, build relationships with workplace ambassadors, and lead projects that aim to reduce single-occupant vehicle travel within Markham and Richmond Hill. Sonya has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Planning from the University of Waterloo. She has worked on research projects, outreach initiatives and event management in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable energy, solid waste diversion and active transportation. Sonya has always been interested in the complexities of urban environments, and enjoys experiencing new and familiar areas by bike, or on foot!


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