To support physical distancing and allow further flexibility for businesses, Dundas Street, from Talbot to Wellington Streets, will become a pedestrian and cycling shared space on weekends this summer beginning July 31. Vehicle traffic will be redirected on Friday evenings, Saturday evenings, and Sundays during the day. This three-block stretch is part of Dundas Place, London’s first flexible street.
The move will create additional physical distancing space as the area is becoming increasingly active with more patios and businesses opening. It also allows businesses some flexibility; there are currently seven new patios on Dundas Place, and more are being planned.
“Safety during COVID-19 is paramount, and more space for Londoners shopping or dining on Dundas will help us maintain physical distance,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “While Dundas Place is not able to host traditional events or summer festivals downtown at this time, the City can still take advantage of the flex street’s ability to open and close to vehicle traffic.”
“Dundas Place is designed to be a community space that enhances how people of all ages and abilities experience the core,” says Councillor Arielle Kayabaga. “The changes this summer are meant to add to the ambiance of the current patios and unique experiences downtown businesses are offering as we navigate a path forward from construction and the pandemic.”
The temporary changes to Dundas Place are part of a pilot project to support economic recovery in the area. The City of London, in collaboration with Downtown London, will be measuring results and consulting with businesses each week to address concerns, including those around deliveries and curbside pickup for vehicles. Additional temporary loading spaces will be added nearby in the area, much like what was coordinated during Dundas Place’s construction.
“Opening Dundas Place will allow businesses to take advantage of additional physical space as they enter Stage 3 of economic recovery,” says Barbara Maly, Executive Director of Downtown London. “During Downtown London's extensive member outreach, we learned many of the businesses along Dundas felt they would benefit from additional physical space to try new things and experiment.”
Temporary outdoor sanitization stations will also be added along Dundas Place.
Vehicle traffic will be unable to travel east or west along Dundas Street between Talbot and Wellington Streets during these times:
- Friday evenings between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- Saturday evenings between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- Sundays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
While Dundas Place is open, the City is reminding residents that heath measures remain in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Please continue to maintain physical distancing and follow all social gathering guidelines.