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Winter Conditions

Maximizes Sun Exposure

The design reduces shadows on the pedestrian realm providing greater sun exposure. This can be achieved by removing large overhanging elements, such as awnings. This can also be done by reducing the height of the cornice line to allow for more sunlight on the opposite side of the street.

Sun Exposure

Provides Protection from Wind and Snow

The design features an alcove or space where pedestrians can take shelter from wind and snow temporarily. This will allow visitors to prepare for entering or leaving the business by knocking snow off their shows, closing or opening an umbrella or similar activities. This can be achieved by providing alcoves or wind breaks. They should be designed in a way that does not obstruct visibility.

Wind and Snow

Provides Landscaping that has Colour and Texture in the Winter

The design incorporates vegetation that maintains its form and colour in the winter months. This can be achieved by using evergreens, rather than deciduous plants.

Winter Landscape

Uses Slip-Resistant Materials

The design utilizes slip-resistant materials to reduce hazards during wet or icy conditions. There are several non-slip options such as specially designed metal grating, ceramic tiles or concrete finishes.

Slip Resistant


Image Credits: “salonred kids” by Flickr user Lee Coursey. “Nelsons – 21 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-sea – Nelsons Coffee Shop Ltd” by Flickr user Elliott Brown. "34.Snow2.Downtown.WDC.9dec05” by Flickr user Elvert Barnes. “Non-Slip Sidewalk Tile” by Flickr user born1945 under CC Attribution 2.0 License.

Last updated: 2/26/2016 3:46:24 PM