Council & City

Innovating Streets for People

Innovating Streets for People is a Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency programme that aims to make it easier for councils to create safer, healthier and more people-friendly towns and cities. On this page you'll find an overview of the five projects it's funding in Palmy.

The Innovating Streets pilot fund supports quick, low-cost interim improvements focused on delivering streets that put people first – making them safer and more liveable.

Before we start any work, we will work with users, businesses, residents, iwi and stakeholder groups to ensure the design is right. We want solutions that suit the people that use them. It’s vital that residents get involved, and we get projects that benefit everyone.

For many of the projects, the key factor will be to ensure we improve pedestrian and cycling access, while not compromising accessibility.

There are typically five stages to each project:

  1. Initiate
  2. Co-design
  3. Test
  4. Adjust
  5. Rollout or wind down

The total cost of these projects is approximately $563,000. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is funding 90 per cent (more than half a million dollars).

Main Street cycle safety

This project is currently in the adjustment phase.

Following consultation last year we're trialling a separated cycleway on Main Street. 

Hokowhitu place pilot

Photo shows aerial view of the Hokowhitu Village roundabout with the road going off in four directions.

This project is currently in the co-design phase.

We’ll be testing placemaking and temporary speed treatments at the four entry points to the Hokowhitu Village shops to create a sense of arrival to a village space, slow down traffic and create safe a safe environment for people on foot or bike. We’ll be working hand in hand with local businesses to enhance the street.

Do you have any comments about potential opportunities we could test in this project? We'd love to hear from you!

Ruha Street greenway

Photo shows intesection of Ruha Street and Dittmer Drive viewed from He Ara Kotahi bridge.

This project is currently in its test phase.

A trial greenway along Ruha Street to make it easier to cycle to He Ara Kotahi. This may include speed treatments and wayfinding.

George open streets

Photo shows multi-generational family relaxing over a drink at a picnic table in the middle of a car-free street. There is bunting hanging overhead and lots of people walking and playing and enjoying the sunshine.

This project has recently completed its second test phase.

Co-design with the business community a series of events where the street is closed to cars, to test whether these increase foot traffic and sales in George Street. This may take the form of a ‘kit’ and an easy process for businesses to close the street themselves in the future.

Do you have any comments about this project? We'd love to hear from you!

Square Edge place pilot

Photo shows the road in front of Square Edge with a roundabout in the centre and three roads leading off it. All Saints Church is in the background.

This project is about to enter the test phase.

A series of trial placemaking and tactical urbanism improvements to encourage people to hang out in the street. This may include:

  • road art
  • seats
  • landscaping
  • speed reduction treatments