For many of us, the way we used and thought about our streets changed during the Covid-19 lockdown. We enjoyed playing, cycling and walking safely on our streets. We got to know our neighbours and made new friends. The streets became a part of our community space, not just a way to get around.
Waka Kotahi Transport Agency NZ has set up a fund called Innovating Streets for People to be used for trial projects. The aim of the fund is to support communities to shape their towns and streets in ways that allow more people to move around safely and create interesting spaces for people to enjoy.
Tasman District Council has received funding for two local neighbourhoods. We are going to work with the community to trial changes to the streets to see if they work for your community and achieve what they were designed to. If that’s the case, we could discuss making permanent changes.