Alleys are small-scale streets that typically only carry low numbers of vehicles
Alleys are small-scale streets that typically only carry low numbers of vehicles accessing adjacent properties. Their character varies across the city, from residential to service alleys.
Alleys should be designed to a pedestrian-scale speed and level of detail wherever possible, to calm traffic and emphasize pedestrian use. Alleys may also include seating, landscaping, and pedestrian lighting to create usable public spaces.
- Low vehicle speeds and volumes
- Desire to create generous pedestrian realm through designs that emphasize shared space
- Narrow right-of-way; limited sidewalk space
- Need for service access to adjacent businesses and residences
- Alleys should be designed as shared public ways wherever possible.
- Where alleys are not designed as shared public ways, they should incorporate raised crossings across the alley entrance and special paving across the entire right-of-way wherever possible.
- Tree grates and site furnishings should be considered in high pedestrian volume areas, or as capital and maintenance budgets allow.
- For specific stormwater control measures, see Stormwater Overview.
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