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Streets for People COVID-19 guidance

This guidance has been developed by Waka Kotahi to help councils across New Zealand respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 on our streets and increase the feasibility of walking and cycling for people in our communities.

The World Health Organisation recommends that during COVID-19 responses, whenever feasible, walking and cycling are preferred ways of getting around as they can support physical distancing while meeting minimum daily physical activity requirements.

Moving around during the COVID-19 outbreak factsheet(external link) – World Health Organisation

This website contains guidance developed by Waka Kotahi to help councils across New Zealand respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 on our streets, and increase the feasibility of walking and cycling for people in our communities.

The guidance is part of the wider Streets for People programme managed by Waka Kotahi. Rapid reallocation of street space to encourage walking and cycling is critical to achieve emissions reduction goals and make towns and cities safer and more liveable.

As well as tactical urbanism projects delivered between July 2020–June 2021, the Innovating Streets programme offered support to projects that need to respond urgently and immediately to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The guidance on this website is part of that support package; funding for councils was also available from Waka Kotahi. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the guidance on this website will be adapted.