Quiet streets in low-density contexts might have too narrow sidewalks. A recommended minimum clear path of 2.4 m and an absolute minimum of 1.8 m should be provided. When streets are too narrow for trees, other alternatives to landscaping should be explored. If comfortable sidewalks cannot be provided on both sides of a street, a shared street is preferred. Locate utilities and other obstructions immediately against the curb.
In low-density streets where the sidewalk sits between a planting strip and a set-back building, provide a minimum width of 2 m. Tree pits should not be less than 1.5 m wide. Locate utility poles in the planting strip.
Narrow Sidewalk with Trees
Medium-density residential streets should maintain a clear walking path of 2.4 m or more. When space allows, trees should be planted between the clear path and the moving or parking lane. Tree pits should be at least 1.5 m wide.
Neighborhood Main Street
On small retail streets with low but persistent pedestrian traffic, sidewalks should provide a minimum clear path of 2.4 m in addition to space for commercial activities. When there is not enough width to plant trees, provide landscaping strips or planters.