In an effort to capitalise on the changes people made to how they travelled and used our streets during the COVID-19 lockdown period, Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) has initiated the Innovating Streets for People Pilot Fund.

The Fund offers local authorities a subsidy of up to 90% towards projects that create more people-friendly spaces in towns and cities.

This 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 Council’s to make quick progress towards this goal by testing and piloting projects to assess their value to the community.

The successful applicants for the first round of funding will be announced early next month with a further round of funding to be allocated at the end of July.

Tasman District Council has submitted applications for seven proposed projects.

Richmond Cycling Artery - providing a safe, high quality active transport route through the centre of Richmond, linking neighbourhoods to schools, shops and workplaces. This route would extend to the Railway Reserve cycle route.

Motueka Active Transport - improving walking and cycling options around the town centre through a mix of using wide footpaths as shared paths, on-road cycle lanes, reducing speed limits and pedestrian refuges.

Takaka Town Centre - making the centre more people friendly by creating more space for pedestrians, shoppers and diners, lowering the speed limit on the main street and adding a temporary pedestrian refuge to make crossing easier.

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.

Bringing Vibrancy to Richmond Town Centre – staging events that encourage the use of public transport and walking and cycling to bring people into the town centre with the aim of reducing traffic congestion.

Lower Queen Street Cycle Lanes – a trial for improving access to the Richmond West growth area which would remove on-road parking, add cycle lanes and a zebra crossing in conjunction with bus stops that are being added for the new bus route coming to this area.

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.

If funding is allocated, the successful projects will be done as trials within the next financial year.