The general streetscape includes:
- Footpaths and pedestrian thoroughfares
- Public transport points (such as bus stops and taxi ranks)
- Shopping centres and precincts.
These facilities are in daily use throughout the year so the provision of sufficient UVR protective shade is necessary to ensure a safe public environment.
Make sure your existing shade is optimised before deciding to provide more. There may be some simple solutions, for example can you:
- Move existing seating to a shaded area?
- Cut low branches from trees to allow access under them?
Site usage patterns
- Know when most people use the site, and when the UVR levels are highest and provide shade for those times.
- Prioritise shade for areas where the usage patterns involve prolonged exposure to UVR, for example waiting at bus stops or taxi ranks.
- Provide occasional shade for locations like footpaths where people using them are active and moving.
- Design according to the climate zone. This will influence the type and design of shade structures.
- Consider the need for rain protection as well as UVR over areas such as bus stops and taxi ranks.
- Select tree species to suit the local soil and the character of the surrounding area.
- Read more about natural shade, landscaping and planting.
- Find out about your local council’s guidelines or policies relating to selection, planting and maintenance of street trees.
- Consider the reflectance of your design materials and how you treat open spaces.
- Read about ultraviolet radiation.
- All public areas are prone to vandalism, but there are ways to design your facility to minimise the potential for damage.
- Read about avoiding vandalism.