Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Innovative ‘tactical Urbanism’ Funding Granted For Five City Projects

Palmerston North City has been granted more than half a million dollars from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency from the Innovating Streets for People programme. The Agency will fund 90 per cent of five projects that have a total cost of approximately $563,000.

The vision of the Innovating Streets programme is to make it easier to create safer, healthier and more people-friendly towns and cities and support councils to do things differently by using ‘tactical urbanism.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with our community on developing these projects,” says Acting General Manager - Strategy and Planning, David Murphy. “These projects are an opportunity to test a new approach to co-designing and trialling interventions with the community, to get local insight and feedback. For communities, it is a chance to be involved in co-creating street design changes.”

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Urban Mobility Programme Manager Kathryn King says the Innovating Streets pilot fund supports quick, low-cost interim improvements that create more people-friendly spaces in our neighbourhoods.

“By using a ‘tactical urbanism’ approach to test what works for communities, we can create attractive, vibrant places that make space for people and help to support local businesses. We’re pleased to support this project through the Innovating Streets pilot fund.”

The five approved projects are:

1: Main Street Separated Cycleway: This will trial create a safer and more comfortable priority cycle route from the City Centre to the Longburn Shared Path. A separate cycleway will be trialled using temporary materials that can be re-used for future trials.

2. Square Edge Placemaking: A series of trial placemaking and tactical urbanism improvements to retrofit the street design to better influence lingering and cycle movements.

3: George Street: Co-design with the business community a series of street closure events to test whether these increase foot traffic in George Street. This may take the form of a ‘kit’ and an easy process for businesses to close the street themselves.

4: Hokowhitu Village: Co-design with the business community a series of safety and placemaking improvements to reinforce the Village as a destination rather than a high-speed thoroughfare.

5: Ruha Street: A trial greenway treatment along Ruha Street to enhance the entrances to the Manawatū River to encourage walking and cycling to the river through a lower-speed road environment

Tactical urbanism is proven overseas, but it is not yet widely used in New Zealand. “A tactical urbanism approach involves designing and user-testing with the community rather than for them. This results in a design generated as much by the community and collaborators, as it is by the designers,” says Murphy. “It involves implementing temporary ‘tactical demonstrations’ and ‘trial interventions’ to test versions of designs with communities. This testing focuses on delivering streets that put people first – making them safer and more liveable.”

Murphy says before this work begins, council officers would work with users, businesses, residents, iwi and stakeholder groups to ensure the design is right.

“While our urban designers and transport engineers will play a big role in the design, 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.

Implementation and construction for these projects will occur between over Summer. Data will be taken during the trials to report back to both Waka Kotahi and Council to determine if the projects were a success.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ability to pick winners. Others would have looked at the dying remnants of the old Act Party and written it off. Yet National needed an MMP partner and it saw the potential where no-one else did. And so it re-grew the Act Party in a petri dish in Epsom, and carefully nurtured it back to life... More>>

 

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>

ALSO:

Poll: Labour On 46%, National 31%, While Greens And ACT Both On 8%

Tonight's political poll puts Labour on 46 percent and National on 31 percent with just one day remaining until election day. More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels