Curb extensions: Crossing the street safely

Last updated June 30, 2021
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Each year, the city builds curb extensions. The work to build them involves widening sidewalks and narrowing roads. This makes intersections safer for all users and makes the urban landscape more attractive.

Two types of extensions

Curb extensions are usually placed at intersections so that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can see each other better. Planting shrubs and flowers on curb extensions also greens and beautifies neighbourhoods.

Extensions can also be built in the middle of street segments where there is no intersection in order to add safe, highly visible pedestrian crossings.

On average, building an extension takes between 14 and 21 days. If extensions are being built on all four corners of an intersection, work takes place in two phrases so that traffic is not interrupted.

Why build curb extensions?

Although building curb extensions may mean removing some parking spaces, curb extensions have a number of advantages.

Extensions help:

  • Drivers and pedestrians to see each other better at intersections, which reduces the risks of collisions.
  • Reduce the time it takes for pedestrians to cross the street.
  • Save lives.

When curb extensions are greened, they also play a beneficial role for our environment.

  • They create cool islands.
  • They make neighbourhoods greener.

When new plants are planted on curb extensions, they can also help capture runoff water.