UPDATE: Toronto to fast-track bike lanes, reduce vehicle traffic in "ActiveTO" plan

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Hours after the province announced more measures to open up the economy, including allowing curbside retail on Monday, Toronto Mayor John Tory outlined a response to it. 

The framework called "ActiveTO" will involve three key measures including shutting down streets, fast-tracking the cycle-track network and creating 50 kms of so-called 'quiet streets.'

That will include more local traffic only roads to open up space for pedestrians and cyclists, with an initial target of 50 kilometres. 

Earlier in the day, Premier Doug Ford announced that curbside retail for all provincial stores with a street entrance would be allowed, with Tory being informed of the plan last night. 

"Nothing forced our hand with regard to making sure our streets were safe," Tory said, adding the city has made it clear to the province that special consideration has to be given to Toronto given its density. 

However, Tory said he is not concerned about big lineups happening at stores, saying many have adjusted to the new reality, even though it would be the city's responsibility to manage lineups. 

"The businesses that have been open during the course of the emergency have proven themselves very much able in the vast majority of cases to do an excellent job of setting out places where lineups can take place, ways people can be spaced apart," Tory said, adding however that this latest economic stage will be monitored very closely by the city. 

"There are significant streets that are presently under consideration in the plan that would be closed on weekends," he said. 

Tory added he is not considering mandating the use of masks, though he's open to any suggestions from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa. 

"We need to keep Toronto moving," de Villa said, adding the city's message is shifting from staying home to keeping distance.