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Programme learnings

Innovating Streets projects demonstrated how tactical urbanism can be used to build a pipeline of shovel ready projects and bring forward benefits for communities.

Through the programme, approximately 89km of street changes were introduced. Changes to streets ranged from kerb buildouts and speed cushions, to parklets, pedestrian crossings, and cycleways. In most cases, projects were made up of multiple changes.

While each project had unique objectives, the project evaluations has been brought together to provide an overview of the outcomes achieved through the programme.

Outcomes reported included:

  • reduced vehicle speeds and volumes
  • more people cycling, walking, or scooting
  • safer and more accessible environments for pedestrians and cyclists
  • an increase in the number of people spending time in an area
  • increased visibility of cultural narratives in the streetscape.

Other outcomes reported included positive community engagement and participation in projects, social procurement delivering local economic benefits, and community support or demand for more street innovation.

Reduced vehicle speeds

29 of the projects reported a reduction in vehicle speeds.

  • Tasman’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood

    Speeds reduced to below 30km/hr on 3 streets:

    • Croucher St: 48km/hr to 22 km/hr
    • Elizabeth St: 46km/hr to 22 km/hr
    • Herbert St: 44km/hr to 22 km/hr
    Residents in Richmond, Tasman have roads closed using wooden planters to stop traffic cutting through

    Residents in Richmond, Tasman enjoy quieter streets after the creation of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.

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Reduced vehicle volumes

17 projects reported a reduction in vehicle volumes.

  • Gore City Council, Streets Alive

    Heavy vehicle volumes reduced by 38% on the local road network and by 53% on residential streets.

    Gore streets made one-way with planters and small fence barriers

    Changes to streets in Gore led to a reduction in the amount of heavy vehicles and traffic using residential streets.

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Increased number of people biking, walking and scooting

28 projects reported an increase in the number of people biking, walking and scooting.

  • Waipa District Council, Streets for People

    41% increase in active mode users during school peak times near Cambridge Primary School, including a 58% (24) increase in the number of people on bikes.

    young children biking on new cycleway in Cambridge

    Children in Cambridge enjoy the freedom of biking to school thanks to the temporary cycleway.

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A safer and more accessible pedestrian environment

25 projects reported safer and more accessible environments for pedestrians.

A safer and more accessible biking environment

10 projects reported a safer and more accessible environment for people cycling.

An increase in the number of people spending time in an area or space.

7 projects reported an increase I the number of people spending time in the altered area.

Evaluation summary

Innovation Streets 2020–21 programme evaluation summary [PDF, 15 MB] (November 2020)

Innovation Streets 2020–21 programme full report [PDF, 18 MB] (April 2022)

Pipeline of shovel-ready projects

The programme created a pipeline of shovel-ready projects across the country. These projects helped reduce speeds, vehicle volumes and enabled councils to move faster on projects they had wanted to implement.

Pipeline of shovel-ready projects infographic [PDF, 140 KB]

Infographic showing projects that helped reduce speeds, vehicle volumes and enabled councils to move faster on projects they had wanted to implement. Thames Create The Vibe is featured.