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Pedestrian Routes and Accessibility

The Campus Core Revitalization 2019 project prioritizes accessibility to create an environment that is easily navigated by users of all ages and abilities. Learn about plans for improving accessibility as well as important information for navigating areas of impact throughout the construction phase.

Creating a more inclusive pedestrian campus core

Plans for prioritizing pedestrian safety and accessibility on our campus core include:

  • Raising the street level to permanently remove curbs and better align pathways
  • Creating two new accessible, ramped entrances from Nelson Mandela Walk into Kerr Hall
  • Posts that prevent vehicular access (bollards) will be installed to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the non-vehicular zones
  • Tactile walking surface indicators at intersections (to be installed in 2020)

Getting around campus during construction

For public safety, the construction zone is restricted to the busy construction crew. The fencing is staying in place for the duration of the project to ensure consistency and to make sure your routes remain predictable for your day-to-day, on-campus travels. Here are the main access restrictions and tips on efficient ways to get around them:

Gould Street remains closed from O’Keefe Lane to Bond Street
Take advantage of the second-floor pedestrian bridges that connect Kerr Hall South to the Student Learning Centre (SLC), Library (LIB) and Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) for east-west travel that by-passes the construction zone.

The south sidewalk by Balzac’s and the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will remain open for your caffeine and fine art needs.

Nelson Mandela Walk will be closed for its overhaul
The first-floor outdoor terrace of the Podium (POD) will take you from Gould Street by the Library to Gerrard Street East via the Jorgenson Hall (JOR) entrance stairs and will provide an unobstructed view of the campus core work in progress. Use the Library elevator for an accessible route to access the view from the terrace. 

Alternatively, the shared corridors of LIB, POD and JOR create an indoor north-south route with snacks available en route at the Hub Cafe.

Victoria Street remains closed from The Chang School (CED) to Gould Street
The sidewalks remain open! You can still access the Campus Store and enjoy lunch by Lake Devo. 

Building entrances under the southwest arch of Kerr Hall will remain open.
Use the southeast archway or north entrance to enter the Quad to get to these archway entrances.

Accessibility during construction

The accessible ramp to JOR will be out of service for the month of November, while waterproofing takes place along the northeastern portion of the building’s foundation. Access JOR and POD via the pedestrian bridge or lower level tunnel from Kerr Hall West (KHW), or via the LIB entrance.

 

  • Accessible entrances in the affected area will remain available.
  • To enter JOR during the temporary ramp outage, please use the accessible entrance at Kerr Hall North (31 Gerrard Street East) and use the nearby elevator to access JOR via the second floor pedestrian bridge or the lower level tunnel.
  • Wayfinding signage will be placed onsite to direct pedestrians to alternate routes where applicable.
  • Curb ramps will be in place throughout the construction zone to ensure that mid-sidewalk detours can be navigated by people using wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
  • WalkSafe is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn how to arrange a pick-up, about service area boundaries and more by visiting the WalkSafe page.
  • For additional information about accessibility on campus, please contact accessibility@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 4144.  
Map of campus indicating accessible and partially-accessible entrances as described in accompanying table.
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1

Gerrard Street East just west of Nelson Mandela Walk

Jorgenson Hall (first floor)

  • Accessible ramp is temporarily out of service due to foundation work (estimated return-to-service November 30)
  • Accessible ramp
  • Automatic door opener
  • Common Wheel-Trans stop location

2

Gould Street just west of Nelson Mandela Walk

Library building (lower level)

  • Accessible ramp
  • North sidewalk along Gould Street will remain open between Yonge Street and this LIB entrance
  • Please use caution when approaching north sidewalk at O’Keefe Lane and Gould as there may be more traffic than usual along O’Keefe

3

31 Gerrard Street East

Kerr Hall West (first floor)

  • Street level
  • Automatic door opener
  • Close to the KHW-NW elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges or lower level pedestrian tunnel to the Library/Podium/Jorgenson Hall (LIB/POD/JOR) complex

4

341 Yonge Street

Student Learning Centre

  • Accessible ramp
  • Automatic door opener
  • Take main lobby elevator to 2nd floor then travel east for pedestrian bridge to the LIB/POD/JOR complex
  • Assistance from SLC staff may be available onsite from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

5

240 Church Street

Kerr Hall (first floor, northeast corner)

  • Accessible ramp
  • Travel south in KHE to the KHS-SE elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges to the LIB/POD/JOR complex

6

43 Gerrard Street East at Quad northeast archway

Kerr Hall North (first floor)

  • Street level
  • Automatic door opener
  • Travel east in KHN, then south in KHE to the KHS-SE elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges to the LIB/POD/JOR complex

7

Quad northwest corner

Kerr Hall (first floor, northwest corner)

  • Fairly steep exterior ramp
  • Automatic door opener

8

Quad southwest archway

Kerr Hall South (ground floor/lower level)

  • Service entrance
  • Steep utility ramp
  • Automatic door opener
  • Travel west in KHS to the KHW-SW elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges to the LIB/POD/JOR complex

9

Quad northeast corner

Kerr Hall East (first floor)

  • Accessible ramp
  • Door opens only manually
  • Travel south in KHE to the KHS-SE elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges to the LIB/POD/JOR complex

10

Quad northeast

Kerr Hall North (first floor)

  • Accessible ramp
  • Door opens only manually

11

60 Gould Street near Church Street

Kerr Hall (ground floor/lower level, southeast corner)

  • Service entrance
  • Exterior loading ramp that is occasionally obstructed due to deliveries or building maintenance activities
  • Door opens only manually

12

New: Nelson Mandela Walk just south of Gerrard Street East

Kerr Hall West (first floor)

 

  • New accessible ramp
  • Door opens only manually
Map of campus indicating lower floor alternate routes as described in accompanying text.

The lower level pedestrian tunnel between JOR and KHW provides a barrier-free alternative to outdoor travel on Gould Street. Route access from the lower-level accessible entrance of LIB to the ground floor (lower level) of KHW via the pedestrian tunnel from Jorgenson Hall to the RAC (or vice versa). Elevator access to the lower floors from levels with accessible entrances are located in JOR, LIB, and Kerr Hall northwest, southwest and southeast corners.

Map of campus indicating ground level / first floor alternate routes as described in accompanying text.

The ground level/first floor north-south corridor routes between the LIB/POD/JOR complex and KHW provide a barrier-free alternative to outdoor travel on Nelson Mandela Walk between Gould Street and Gerrard Street East. Elevator access to the ground level/first floor from levels with accessible entrances are located in JOR, LIB, and Kerr Hall northwest, southwest and southeast corners. Please note these important accessibility details:

  • The street-level ramp from Gerrard Street to the entrance of JOR will be out of service for the month of November 2019 while urgent waterproofing along the building foundation takes place.
  • To access the first floor of the LIB/POD/JOR complex use the accessible entrance at LIB and take the elevator up one floor; or access the complex via the second-floor pedestrian bridges or the lower level tunnel from Kerr Hall and use the JOR elevators to access the first floor.
Map of campus indicating second floor alternate routes as described in accompanying text.

The second floor pedestrian bridge between the LIB/POD/JOR complex and KHW provide a barrier-free alternative to outdoor travel on Nelson Mandela Walk between Gould Street and Gerrard Street East. Elevator access to the ground level/first floor from levels with accessible entrances are located in JOR, LIB, and Kerr Hall northwest, southwest and southeast corners.

Map of campus indicating third floor alternate routes as described in accompanying text.

The third floor pedestrian bridge between the LIB/POD/JOR complex and KHW provide a barrier-free alternative to outdoor travel on Nelson Mandela Walk between Gould Street and Gerrard Street East. Elevator access to the ground level/first floor from levels with accessible entrances are located in JOR, LIB, and Kerr Hall northwest, southwest and southeast corners.

Map of campus indicating outdoor terrace alternate route as described in accompanying text.

The first floor, outdoor POD terrace will remain open and provides an outdoor north-south route along the east side of the LIB/POD/JOR complex. Please note these important accessibility details:

  • The south end of this route is not barrier-free and pedestrians must use stairs to access the terrace from the LIB entrance off Nelson Mandela Walk.
  • The street-level ramp from Gerrard Street to the entrance of JOR will be out of service for the month of November 2019 while urgent waterproofing along the building foundation takes place. 
  • To access the first floor of the LIB/POD/JOR complex use the accessible entrance at LIB and take the elevator up one floor; or access the complex via the second-floor pedestrian bridges or the lower level tunnel from Kerr Hall and use the JOR elevators to access the first floor.
  • There are additional entrances to LIB and POD along the terrace.

Do you have feedback about alternate routes?

It is important that alternate route information be accurate and clear. If you have any feedback about this page or encounter a barrier to any of the suggested alternate routes, please contact the FMD Help Desk at fixit@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5091 to let us know so we can try to amend the information.