Temporary Downtown Public Space Changes

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We want to hear from you about the temporary downtown public space changes that were put in place between June and October 2020 as part of the public health measures during the pandemic.

With the tight spacing that’s typical in a downtown area, the normal use of sidewalk space for patios, and new limitations on the number of patrons allowed inside stores and restaurants, the City made changes to the public space to support physical distancing and business activity. The changes were made in consultation with Peterborough Public Health and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

We’re reviewing the experiences to help inform planning in case similar measures are needed this year to help protect the safety of the community.

The downtown public space changes last year included reducing the number of vehicle lanes, creating two temporary one-way streets, and removing some on-street parking in certain sections of the downtown. By making these changes, we were able to create space to expand business areas and pedestrian spaces.

As part of the planning for last year’s public space changes to support public health measures, we considered a number of priorities – sometimes competing priorities – such as:

Vehicular traffic

Pedestrian traffic

Cycling

Business activity (i.e. patios)

Parking (e.g. on-street parking, curbside pickup parking availability, commercial deliveries)

Accessibility was an overarching priority that was considered as part of the overall planning.

Please review the map of the downtown public space changes that were made last year and fill out the survey that is provided below to help us with our review of last year’s action and our planning in case a similar activity is needed this year to help protect the health of our community. Keeping in mind the reason for making the changes, the City would like you to provide feedback on any measures that worked well, measures that could have been done differently, and how your use of the downtown changed as a result.

A report will be going to City Council to detail the findings from the experience last year as well as to consider steps if public health measures are needed in the downtown this year to support physical distancing for the safety of the community and business activity.

We want to hear from you about the temporary downtown public space changes that were put in place between June and October 2020 as part of the public health measures during the pandemic.

With the tight spacing that’s typical in a downtown area, the normal use of sidewalk space for patios, and new limitations on the number of patrons allowed inside stores and restaurants, the City made changes to the public space to support physical distancing and business activity. The changes were made in consultation with Peterborough Public Health and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

We’re reviewing the experiences to help inform planning in case similar measures are needed this year to help protect the safety of the community.

The downtown public space changes last year included reducing the number of vehicle lanes, creating two temporary one-way streets, and removing some on-street parking in certain sections of the downtown. By making these changes, we were able to create space to expand business areas and pedestrian spaces.

As part of the planning for last year’s public space changes to support public health measures, we considered a number of priorities – sometimes competing priorities – such as:

Vehicular traffic

Pedestrian traffic

Cycling

Business activity (i.e. patios)

Parking (e.g. on-street parking, curbside pickup parking availability, commercial deliveries)

Accessibility was an overarching priority that was considered as part of the overall planning.

Please review the map of the downtown public space changes that were made last year and fill out the survey that is provided below to help us with our review of last year’s action and our planning in case a similar activity is needed this year to help protect the health of our community. Keeping in mind the reason for making the changes, the City would like you to provide feedback on any measures that worked well, measures that could have been done differently, and how your use of the downtown changed as a result.

A report will be going to City Council to detail the findings from the experience last year as well as to consider steps if public health measures are needed in the downtown this year to support physical distancing for the safety of the community and business activity.