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Innovating streets for people

Great street design helps create great places to live, work and play but wholescale upgrades have long timeframes and are expensive.

Federal St/Wolfe St intersection in Auckland

Federal St/Wolfe St intersection. Credit: Auckland Transport(external link)

Sometimes councils may want to test a change to a street, or make iterative improvements, before committing to a major investment.

We want to support towns and cities to be able to make tactical changes more quickly and cost effectively, using innovative and effective techniques to reduce vehicle speeds and create more space for people.  This technique of employing fast tactical changes is proven in other countries and has the potential to deliver significant safety benefits in a short time frame. 

Our new ‘Innovating Streets for People’ project examines the ‘how-to’ of innovating our streets to make them safer and more liveable, delivering better value to communities.

Innovating is about undertaking:

  • temporary physical changes to streets
  • improvements that are in advance of a permanent fix
  • activations with a primary aim to impact safety and deliver on community placemaking aspirations

We aim to have interim written guidance here by the end of July and are running a range of workshops for the sector. The first set of final guidance, including a growing body of case studies, is expected to be completed by December and the project will be evaluated later in 2019.

If you want to know more, visit nzta.govt.nz/innovating-streets

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