Public Realm Transformation
The King Street Transit Priority Corridor has allowed for the expansion of public space areas along King Street.
The new public spaces serve a variety of uses
- They act as a relief valve for pedestrians who are crowded on existing sidewalks – especially during peak periods.
- Contribute to placemaking and enhance peoples’ experience on King Street
- Existing restaurants and cafes are able to use the abutting public spaces – freeing up sidewalk room and helping their bottom-line.
- Bicycle parking has been added to meet increasing demand and ensuring less clutter on sidewalks.
- Some of the spaces feature temporary or fixed seating and creative installations.
The City is currently implementing an interim build out of public realm infrastructure that will remain in place until permanent streetscape reconstruction.
The following tabs provide more information about other unique public realm elements enhancing the pedestrian experience throughout the Transit Priority Corridor.
Everyone is King Design Build Competition provided an opportunity for businesses, the community, and design professionals to be a part of and contribute to the rethinking of King Street.
The community responded with enthusiasm to the call, with 74 Public Space Installation and 22 Durable Destination Parklet applications submitted for consideration. Several installations built as part of the design competition remain out on King Street. Additional parklets will be installed in summer 2019.
Learn more about the competition by visiting the Design Build Competition Background page.
Ten public seating areas are available for pedestrians along the corridor.
Many licensed cafés have been established within the curb lane within the pilot area. The City developed a café strategy for the pilot to provide a unique economic opportunity for businesses and further beautify the area.
New bike share stations and bike corral parking have been added to the street. A 1.8m cycle throughway is maintained throughout the corridor.
AODA compliant ramps enable access to the protected passenger waiting areas for far side stops.
To relieve sidewalk congestion, passengers are encouraged to use waiting areas located on the curb lane at far side TTC stops. These areas are protected by a concrete jersey barrier.
The City sought submissions from digital, visual, and graphic artists to create designs for the barriers to animate and beautify the area. Designs were digitally reproduced on two-dimensional vinyl wraps and installed on the barriers.
The winning designs were created by artist Christopher Rouleau, who sought to memorialize King Street’s rich history in a contemporary style.
Yellow tactile truncated dome mats are placed on the road at TTC stops alerting people with low vision or no vision of potential hazards, such as moving cars, cyclists and streetcars.
For the second summer in a row, the City’s Urban Forestry Division will create “The King’s Grove”, incubating 40 saplings along the curb lane at David Pecaut Square. Last fall the trees installed on King Street were planted in a new permanent home at Centennial Park.
Planters enhance the street, demarcate the ends of the TTC passenger waiting areas and delineate the public spaces.