Two central city projects are planned that use approaches such as biking and pedestrian improvements, shared zones, street furniture and ecological improvements, to reimagine these streets as places for people.
This supports a growing movement towards encouraging different types of transport (multi-modal) and designing streets that prioritise people over vehicles. These programmes of work are part of Council’s broader strategic approach and goal of making Hamilton a 20-minute city, where people are well connected by a variety of safe and accessible transport options.
Hamilton project details(external link)
A revitalised town centre in Raglan is on the cards following investment from the Innovating Streets fund. Waikato District Council worked closely with Raglan Community Board and Raglan Naturally to submit a funding application as anecdotally it was known that the community had a history of wanting to create a space in town for the community to gather. Also, since lockdown, the community has been expressing more interest in opportunities to get out of vehicles to enjoy leisure time with whanau that allows for safe walking and biking.
The project involves thinking around creating of shared spaces (pedestrian/cycling/vehicles) on Bow St and a town square concept in the vicinity of the Bow St/Cliff St/Wallis St intersection. The layout will then be installed in a semi-permanent manner with the fund allowing for creativity and an opportunity for community co-design.
Raglan project details(external link)
The Cambridge community, with support from Waipā District Council, wants to create safer routes to schools so more families can walk, bike and scoot to school. They plan to co-design treatments at crossing points and intersections that were identified by parents and children in 2018 as the highest priority areas. Using temporary treatments, they can quickly and cost-effectively test solutions and get more in-depth feedback and insight to improve the designs. This will give Council the confidence to invest in permanent safety treatments – and create a safer, healthier and more vibrant environment.
Cambridge project details(external link)
A project is in the very early planning stages to create a vibrant town centre hub on Mary Street in Thames for the community. It will also help to attract visitors, encourage investors, and help boost the economy.
The improvements will initially be temporary, allowing businesses and the community to test the changes, see the impact they have on traffic movements through the CBD and get involved with any revisions to the street design – before any permanent changes take place. Improvements will include temporarily closing Mary Street between Pollen and Queen streets to the majority of vehicle traffic, providing clear, safe cycle connections from the Hauraki Rail Trail to the heart of Thames, positioning ‘destination’ cycle racks and a cycle tool station and collaborating with the Thames community on the use of the space for events and special occasions.
Thames’s Mary Street project details(external link)