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Street and Sidewalk Design Guidelines

The Design Guidelines for Streets and Sidewalks were developed to assist staff and stakeholders in the decision making process for planning and designing complete streets that support and encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users.

The Guidelines are intended to be a "living document" and will be added to, and revised, as new information is developed. The original guidelines (Chapter 1-6) were completed in February 2008 and received and filed by Council in March 2008. Subsequent chapters are being completed as part of other initiatives. Chapter 7 was approved by Council in January 2009, and Chapter 10 was received and filed by Council in October 2009. Chapter 14, the Historic Streets Update, was received and filed by Council in November 2017. 

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Purpose of Document
1.2 Why Do We Need Design Guidelines and What Will Be Different?
1.3 Applicability of Guidelines

Chapter 2: Framework for Urban Street Design
2.1 Place Types
2.2 Street Design Types (Updated November 2017) 

Chapter 3: Design Process
3.1 Set Clear Outcome and Process Goals
3.2 Develop a Citizen View of the Street
3.3 Verify Place Types and Street Design Types
3.4 Agree on Scope of Design Process
3.5 Determine Modal Needs and Priorities
3.6 Determine Options for Intersection Treatments and Traffic Management
3.7 Compare Trade-Offs and Select Best Cross-Section
3.8 Develop Detailed Design

Chapter 4: Design Controls
4.1 Sources
4.2 Traffic Volumes
4.3 Design Vehicle
4.4 Target Speed

Chapter 5: Design Guidance
5.1 Design Zones
5.2 & 5.3 Lane Widths
5.4 Pedestrian Zone

5.5 Curb Extensions (see also 10.3)
5.6 Street Furniture, Lighting, Trees and Landscaping (see also chapters 7, 8, 9 and section 10.2)
5.7 Utilities (see also section 10.2)
5.8 Intersections (see also 10.3 and 10.5)
5.9 Transit Stops (see also 10.4)

Chapter 6: Typical Cross-sections

Chapter 7: Street Lighting Policy – 1/9/09 (PDF, 400K)
Installation Process

Chapter 8: Street Furniture (under development – see Street Furniture)
Transit shelters
Trash/recycling receptacles
Information/wayfinding structures
Multi-publication structures (newspaper corrals)
Neighborhood information kiosks
Bicycle parking units
Public washrooms (should revenue allow)

Chapter 9: Street Trees and Boulevards (under development – Contact: Lois Eberhart, Public Works)
9.0 Introduction
9.1 Planting Locations
9.2 Vegetation Guidelines
9.3 Construction Process Requirements
9.4 Maintenance Guidelines and Responsibilities

Chapter 10: Pedestrian Facility Design
10.0 Introduction
10.1 Pedestrian Network
10.2 Pedestrian Zone Design
10.3 Street Corners (see also 5.6)
10.4 Bus Stops (see also 5.7)
10.5 Street Crossings (see also 5.6)
10.6 Other Pedestrian Networks
10.7 Wayfinding
10.8 Site Planning
10.9 Closures, Safety and Accessibility in Work Zones
10.10 Reference Publications (see also Chapter 12)

Chapter 11: Bicycle Facility Design (published under separate cover as the Bicycle Facility Manual) – May 2010
Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Design Factors

Chapter 3 – Off-Street Facilities

Chapter 4 – On-Street Facilities

Chapter 5 – Bicycle Parking

Chapter 6 – Support Facilities

Chapter 7 – Bicycles and Transit

Chapter 8 – Maintenance

Chapter 9 – Innovation


Chapters 12 & 13: Bibliography and Bus Stop Checklist

Chapter 14: Historic Streets Update to the Design Guidelines for Streets and Sidewalks
Historic Streets Design Type Characteristics Table
Historic Streets Map

Last updated Jul 20, 2018



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