The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted virtually all aspects of daily life in cities, including how we access essential services and maintain our physical and mental health in a time of physical distancing.

Managing urban space is key to ensuring safe public mobility as cities re-open amid continuing transmission concerns. That includes “rebalancing streets” to provide more space to walk, bike and roll alongside vehicle and transit traffic—for physically distant commuting, commerce and exercise. 

This COVID-19 Street Rebalancing Guide is for decision-makers and practitioners alike. Drawing on case studies from around the world, it offers strategies and practical guidance on rebalancing streets through three phases of COVID-19 response—from immediate to longer-term—including pedestrian and bike lanes, curbside queuing areas, and temporary patios and parklets.

This is a unique opportunity to spark projects with transformative value. Temporary measures can be deployed quickly to address long-standing gaps—demonstrating value, building support for permanent installations, and providing a foundation for more walkable, livable cities across Canada.

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