Temporary Downtown Public Space Changes

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Aerial view of downtown area next to river

Thank you for sharing your feedback on 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. We received 1,492 response to the survey - and many of the respondents took time to provide comments to inform the review of last year's changes and the recommendations for this spring/summer.

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.

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.

A report went to City Council at its Special General Committee meeting on March 29, 2021 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. The recommendations go to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6 for ratification.

Thank you for sharing your feedback on 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. We received 1,492 response to the survey - and many of the respondents took time to provide comments to inform the review of last year's changes and the recommendations for this spring/summer.

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.

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.

A report went to City Council at its Special General Committee meeting on March 29, 2021 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. The recommendations go to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6 for ratification.

Page last updated: 29 March 2021, 17:17