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Innovating Streets COVID-19 guidance

This guidance has been developed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to help councils across New Zealand respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 on our streets, and increase the feasibility of walking and cycling for people in our communities.

The World Health Organisation recommends that during COVID-19, whenever feasible, walking and cycling are preferred ways of getting around as they can support physical distancing while meeting minimum daily physical activity requirements.

Moving around during the COVID-19 outbreak factsheet(external link) – World Health Organisation

This website contains guidance developed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to help councils across New Zealand respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 on our streets, and increase the feasibility of walking and cycling for people in our communities.

The guidance is part of the wider Innovating Streets programme managed by Waka Kotahi. Innovating Streets aims to make it faster and easier to transition our streets to be safer and more liveable. It offers a support toolkit to help practitioners across New Zealand deliver fast tactical changes in streets that reduce vehicle speeds and create more space for people.

As well as tactical urbanism projects delivered between July 2020–June 2021, the Innovating Streets programme offers support to projects that need to respond urgently and immediately to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The guidance on this website is part of that support package; funding for councils is also available from Waka Kotahi.

Apply for Innovating Streets funding

The Innovating Streets for People pilot fund provides councils with a 90% funding assistance rate (FAR) opportunity to adapt their streets to better support active and safe transport needs, while following official advice about people movement.

Just as the COVID-19 situation evolves day-by-day, so will the guidance on this website. As streetscape projects responding to COVID-19 are delivered across the country, we'll update the guidance with lessons learned by the community of practitioners behind them. As we come down alert levels and our towns and cities begin their recovery, these projects will play a role in ensuring we continue to progress our streets to be accessible and vibrant places that put people first.

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