Tasman District Council has been awarded funding for two local trial projects under the Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) Innovating Streets for People Pilot Fund. 

This fund aims to make it easier to create safer, healthier and more people friendly towns and cities. 

The initiative recognises that many of us want to live in vibrant neighbourhoods, where we can easily get to work, and access shops and services. We want to feel safe and comfortable moving around, in ways that are good for our health and take care of the planet. 

This funding is aimed at allowing Councils to make quick progress towards this goal by testing and piloting projects with the community to get local insight and feedback in real time and assess their value. 

Council will receive a 90% subsidy to fund the following two trial projects:  

  • Croucher - D’Arcy Neighbourhood - trialling liveable streets treatments that slow traffic and improve walking and cycling safety in this area as it is ideally located as a link between the schools on Salisbury Road and the town centre. Budget is $132,000, 90% funded by Waka Kotahi. 
  • Golden Bay High School – a range of trial measures to address transportation safety issues identified around the school including improving walking connections to Takaka Township, increasing cycle storage, traffic calming around the school and improving mobility impaired access. Budget is $105,000, 90% funded by Waka Kotahi. 

The successful projects will be done as a trial within the next financial year. More specific details, including how you can get involved, will be made available soon once they’re confirmed.