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Pedestrian Routes and Accessibility

The Campus Core Revitalization 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 and Jorgenson Hall (JOR)
  • 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, only authorized personnel from the construction crew are permitted in the construction zone. Here are the main access restrictions and tips on efficient ways to get around them:

Ryerson’s contractor is partially opening Gould Street so that east-west pedestrian routes are available. However this may need to change to accommodate emergency utility repairs. If the fence needs to be reconfigured, crews will ensure the accessible ramps to the Library Building (LIB) and the entrance to the Campus Store remain available.

Tip: To bypass construction altogether, take advantage of the second-floor pedestrian bridges that connect Kerr Hall to the Student Learning Centre (SLC), Library (LIB) and Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) for east-west travel that by-passes the construction zone.

Nelson Mandela Walk is reopened to pedestrians from Gerrard Street East to the main entrance of LIB. The accessible entrance to LIB will be maintained for the duration of construction.

The accessible ramp to JOR will be out of service until spring while a separate waterproofing project takes place along the northeastern portion of the building’s foundation. 

Tip: For an accessible route into JOR and POD take advantage of the new accessibility ramp at 379 Victoria Street into Kerr Hall West (KHW) to use the second-floor pedestrian bridge or the lower level tunnel to JOR.

In April, road and sidewalk demolition will be expanded on Victoria Street near Dundas. The Victoria Building (VIC) and The Chang School of Continuing Education (CED) will be accessible to pedestrians from the north near Lake Devo. The Ryerson Security office will continue to be accessible via the main doors of VIC or the eastern doors off the Victoria Street Laneway.

Tip: During this period, Gould Street by the Student Learning Centre (SLC) will be your gateway to campus! You can also approach VIC and CED via Bond Street and make a pit stop at Balzac’s en route to class.

The planned closure of Victoria Street will result in a temporary shutdown of the parking garage. The parking garage will be out of service starting at midnight on March 25 and will reopen once the work is completed.

Tip: Parking remains available at the Pitman Hall (PIT) underground lot at 160 Mutual Street and at the 202 Jarvis Street surface lot.

Accessibility during construction

The accessible ramp to JOR will be out of service until late Spring 2020, 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 entrances at Kerr Hall North (31 Gerrard Street East) or Kerr Hall West (379 Victoria Street) 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 accessible and street-level entrances in the construction zone.

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Entrance location

Access to

Accessibility details

1

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.

2

350 Victoria Street - 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

380 Victoria Street - 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 March 2020)
  • Automatic door opener
  • Common Wheel-Trans stop location

4

New:
379 Victoria Street - Nelson Mandela Walk just south of Gerrard Street East

Kerr Hall West (first floor)

 

  • New accessible ramp
  • 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

5

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

6

Quad northwest corner

Kerr Hall (first floor, northwest corner)

  • Fairly steep exterior ramp
  • Automatic door opener

7

40 Gould Street - 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

8

43 Gerrard Street East - 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

9

Quad northeast

Kerr Hall North (first floor)

  • Accessible ramp
  • Door opens only manually

10

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

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

340 Church Street

Kerr Hall (first floor, northeast corner)

  • Accessible ramp
  • Automatic door opener
  • Travel south in KHE to the KHS-SE elevator for 2nd and 3rd floor pedestrian bridges to the LIB/POD/JOR complex
13 CED Lake Devo entrance The Chang School of Continuing Education (Heaslip House)
  • Street level
  • Automatic door opener
14 285 Victoria Street  Victoria Building main doors
  • Street level
  • Automatic door opener
15 Victoria Street Laneway Victoria Building east entrance
  • Street level
  • Automatic door opener
  • Note: uneven pavement in the laneway and steep ramp from Lake Devo

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 Facilities Help Desk at fixit@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5091 to let us know so we can try to amend the information.