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. Innovating Streets is about changing the way we consult with the community – instead of long discussions over plans and town hall meetings, it encourages us to engage early in a co-design, test and trial solutions in place and at a life size scale.

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 on Hall Street), Te Aro (between Taranaki, Cuba Ghuznee and Abel Smith streets) and Allen Street (outside The Fringe Festival Box Office) – 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
  • A safer connection for everyone in Wilson Street, Newtown between Constable Street and Riddiford Street – estimated project cost: $59,800
  • A safe cycling facility for people travelling on Brooklyn Road from Webb Street to Ohiro Road – estimated project cost: $316,250.