Street networks, context, size, and character should be analyzed to identify and map areas appropriate to accommodate commercial activity. Commercial activity should be allowed only in sidewalks that are at least 4 m wide and should not obstruct the clear path at any time. General locations for commercial activities within the street include:
- Adjacent to building edges as extensions of ground floor uses.
- In sidewalk furniture zones.
- In sidewalk extensions or parking spaces.
When located in the furniture zone of a sidewalk, vendors and stalls should be placed at least:
- 0.5 m from curb edges
- 2 m from street furniture such as benches and fire hydrants.
- 1.5 m from trees and planters.
- 2.5 m from transit stops, boarding zones, and loading zones.
- 3 m from pedestrian crossings
- 6 m from building entrances.
Use markers embedded in the paving, paint or chalk lines, bollards, or a change in material to visually indicate areas allowable for commercial activity.
Communication of Siting Guidance
Ensure local guidance and regulations for commercial activities on the street are visually communicated, easily available in printed and online formats, and are provided in multiple languages for the widest reach possible.