Hydraulically separated or connected with an underdrain, these are often quite small units of 5 - 50 m2 each. In urban settings the bioretention cell may be bounded entirely with hardscape, restricting options for pretreatment and sheet flow. Amenity and safety can be enhanced on sidewalks with a short (~ 45 cm wall) for seating, although the finished grade is usually only slightly lower than surroundings. Where underground space permits, shade trees are common feature of these facilities, enhancing the streetscape experience and optimizing transpiration. This type of bioretention is often designed offline, with bypass overflow.
An excellent opportunity for integrating more bioretention into the street is through careful design of curb extensions for traffic control.
Bioretention on residential street, with covered drain inlet (grate in the gutter) and iron grate covered overflow in the centre of the cell, Hinsdale, IL Photo credit: CNT
Curb extension on Queen Lane, in Philidelphia
Photo credit: PWD
Curb extension with Urban Tree in a tree grate, in city showcased by the U.S Department of Transportation's, Federal Highway Administration.
Photo credit: Jennifer Rosales
Boulevard with Urban Trees along the boulevard in tree grates, in Orlando, FL.
Photo credit: Design by: GAI Consultants/Kevin Aust & Contractor: UCC Group.
Schematic of Urban Trees in tree grates in a proposed traffic-calming bump-out as part of the on Columbus Av. New York City, NY. The red arrow depicts the flow of water to the stormwater tree trench system.
Photo credit: Jonathan Toner
Curb extension with planted tree in open tree pit, part of a finished soil cell system - a tree grate for safety reasons and increased aesthetic should be added. Located on Main St. Markham, ON.
Photo credit: GreenBlue Urban Inc.