Streets in the heart of the Ryerson and University of Toronto campuses will be turned into pretty promenades this fall for a city study on pedestrian-only zones.

Planter boxes will prevent vehicles from accessing small stretches of road. There will be tables and chairs for lounging students and passersby, and the University of Toronto is planning to provide Wi-Fi.

At Ryerson, the plan is to block off Gould Street from O’Keefe Lane to Bond Street, and Victoria Street from Gould to a parking garage just north of Dundas.

At U of T, Willcocks Street will be closed between St. George and Huron. Part of Devonshire Place is also being considered, said Fiona Chapman, manager of Pedestrian Projects, but university construction will probably prevent that strip from going walkers-only for the fall launch date.

“I really have my fingers crossed that it’s all ready for Frosh Week,” said Chapman, who added construction in and around both schools, as well as G20 security planning, has delayed the initiative.

The idea is to set up both zones in September and gauge their success over one school term, observing traffic, pedestrian safety and the effects on local business.