Innovating Streets – making safer streets for people

We’ve secured $1 million from the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to design four Innovating Streets trial projects with our community.

Wellington City’s Innovating Streets pilots are four of 70 throughout the country with the purpose of creating safer, healthier and more people friendly towns and cities.

These projects will be done using tactical urbanism and are about co-designing quick, low-cost, scalable improvements that help to create more vibrant, people-friendly spaces in our neighbourhoods. This could be through pilots or pop-ups that can become permanent based on community feedback. For more information read NTZA's Tactical Urbanism Handbook

This is an exciting opportunity for the community to take the reins and show us what they want in their neighbourhoods.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is providing 90% of the funding and the Council 10%.

The funded Innovating Streets pilots in Wellington city are:

  • Placemaking Pop-Ups in Newtown (along Riddiford Street between Mein and Rhodes streets) and Te Aro (between Taranaki, Cuba Ghuznee and Abel Smith streets). A pop-up is an urban space that could be used with people, businesses and the surrounding environment in mind to make it a welcoming and enjoyable place to be. Estimated project cost: $495,420
  • Cycle route in Wilson Street, Newtown to trial a safer connection for people cycling between Constable Street and Riddiford Street. Estimated project cost: $59,800.
  • Enhancement of the Miramar Peninsula on Massey Road, from Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay. The goal is to connect people to the coast. Estimated project cost: $250,000
  • A safe cycling facility for people travelling on Brooklyn Road from Webb Street to Ohiro Road. Estimated project cost: $316,250.

Work with the community on the Placemaking Pop-Ups and Massey Road will start soon. The other two pilots will be developed in 2021.

Anyone keen to be kept in the loop can email: or phone: 04 499 4444.