People walking down street next to a patio

Temporary downtown public space changes create more outdoor space for pedestrians and businesses this spring and summer when stores and restaurants can once again welcome customers into their businesses.

George and Water streets are maintained as two lanes of traffic with the new patio spaces created in on-street parking spaces next to businesses that choose to participate. Sidewalks remain for pedestrian use only.

Portable planter boxes and fencing are being used to separate the new pedestrian and patio spaces from the traffic lanes.

Hunter and Charlotte streets are temporarily converted into one-lane, one-way streets between George and Aylmer streets to add more patio and pedestrian. Hunter Street is set up as one-way westbound and Charlotte Street as one-way eastbound.

On Hunter Street, which has a streetscape designed for a patio district, the expanded patios are on the existing sidewalks with the pedestrian area moved into the closed section of the street. Fencing and portable planters are used to separate the pedestrian space from the traffic lane.

On Charlotte Street, the patio space is on the closed section of the street with the sidewalks maintained as pedestrian space.

Map of temporary downtown public space changes in 2021

Businesses are asked to keep sidewalks on George, Water and Charlotte streets clear of signs or other items to enhance the space for pedestrians.

Supporting public health measures, including physical distancing, is the overall priority for the design of the temporary downtown public space changes along with supporting business activity by helping to create a safe environment.

City Council approved the temporary downtown public space changes in April after a review of the activities last year and public consultation to help design the changes planned for this year.

There were 1,492 responses to a survey with 61% of respondents agreeing that the changes gave them the ability to maintain appropriate physical distancing.

The City is making the changes in collaboration with Peterborough Public Health and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.

Patio design and application information for businesses

What’s happening

George and Water streets

  • Streets will be maintained for two lanes of traffic
  • New patio space created in on-street parking area next to businesses that choose to participate
  • Sidewalks maintained for pedestrian use only

Hunter Street

  • Street is converted to one-lane westbound between George and Aylmer streets
  • Expanded patio space provided on the sidewalk next to participating businesses
  • Expanded pedestrian space provided on the closed section of the street

Charlotte Street

  • Street converted to one-lane eastbound between George and Aylmer streets
  • Expanded patio space provided in the closed section of the street
  • Sidewalks maintained for pedestrian use only

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