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Alleyways and courtyards provide refuge from the wind. Sections of these areas can also be used as snow deposit stations to keep sidewalks clear.

Coniferous trees planted on the west sides will protect sites, such as pocket parks, from prevailing winter winds. Planting coniferous trees and shrubs on the north sides of the site will block winds without shadowing the area.

Orienting the street to face the south will allow the site to gather as much sunlight as possible, providing warmth and enhancing user experience. Deciduous trees should also be planted on the south side as their shadows will provide shade in the summer but the loss of their leaves in the winter will allow sunlight to permeate into the site.

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W E S Medians between bicycle lanes and roadways maintain cyclist safety throughout the winter months. The medians also decrease the snow build-up on sidewalks caused by roadway ploughing.

Climate and people have innate, reciprocal relationships that, when understood, can improve urban design and encourage the creation of places that work in all weather. Coniferous trees planted at least two rows thick on the north side of the site will act as an effective wind block while creating a “room” and a sense of place for users

Providing seating options that face south and are blocked from the wind will entice people to stay and enjoy public outdoor spaces during the winter rather than just passing through the site.

Deciduous trees planted on the south faces of space will allow sunlight to illuminate the area while providing visual interest.

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