Streets for People projects 2021–2024

The following local authorities (like councils) and projects have been confirmed as part of the Streets for People programme 2021–24.

Northland and Auckland

Auckland Transport


Projects in the Kelston-New Lynn area will explore opportunities to improve walking and cycling within the neighbouring suburbs of Kelston and New Lynn. There are three key areas of interest for this project, the Kelston schools cluster, the New Lynn town centre and the Rimu Street area which runs between them. By working with local schools (including students), community groups, and residents the Kelston-New Lynn project will discover new ways to improve safety, navigation and connectivity within the area.


Projects in Māngere will work with local community groups to develop and trial safer opportunities for cycling in advance of the expanding future cycle network across Māngere and Māngere Bridge. This may include a temporary cycleway along Robertson Road, providing key connections to existing cycling facilities, local schools, Māngere Centre Park and a new temporary pump track. It may also explore a new trial cycleway connection between the popular Ngā Hau Māngere pedestrian bridge and the Māngere Bridge Village.

Central North Island

Central Hawkes Bay District Council

Waipawa Connections

This project aims to improve walking and cycling facilities and road safety on Waipawa’s main street. The street is a busy and important State Highway, connecting Central Hawke’s Bay to key Hawke’s Bay infrastructure including Napier Port. It’s home to many businesses and is essential to residents. There are five components to the project:

  • With traffic often travelling at speed through Waipawa, introducing speed reduction measures (temporary roundabout, additional temporary pedestrian crossings and temporary road narrowing) throughout the length of the main street will allow children, residents, and visitors to move safely between school, shops, and community infrastructure.
  • Currently, there are two pedestrian crossings on the entire road, which do not enable people to cross safely. Enhancing safety of crossing points will reduce these challenges, boosting pedestrian and cyclists’ safety, and increasing connectivity on the street.
  • Along the road, there are two complicated intersections at Ruataniwha Street/Main Street and Victoria Street/Waverley Street. Both are extremely busy, cater mostly for heavy traffic and lack defined crossings for footpath users. The project aims to make these intersections simpler and safer to navigate by building clearly defined options for crossing and moving through the intersections.
  • Madge Hunter Park and the community swimming pool on Harker Street are popular amenities in Waipawa. They are difficult to access as there are no areas to cross the road and traffic is moving quickly entering the 100km zone. The project aims to enhance the accessibility to this area by introducing a temporary pedestrian crossing over the main street/State Highway.
  • With plenty of easy-riding cycle trails in Central Hawke’s Bay, there are many people out exploring by bike. Waipawa’s main street does not currently cater for cyclists but is a midway point and forms a key connection in the cycle trails. The project aims to install a temporary cycleway along the street so cyclists can travel safely and easily link on to cycle trails.

Gisborne District Council


This project, led by the Uawa Hei Huarahi Oranga steering group in partnership with the Gisborne District Council, aims to improve safety on State Highway 35 in the Uawa/Tolaga Bay township and shopping area which has a heavy flow of passenger vehicles and logging trucks. The project aims to slow vehicle speeds, provide additional crossing facilities for pedestrians and connect the northern cycleway through the town centre, and will align with the planned southern cycle trail leading to Tolaga Wharf. It will also improve the look and feel of the shopping area through planter boxes and shaded areas to sit and rest, as well displaying work by local artists and displaying stories of the area's heritage.

Grey Street

The project, led by the Tairāwhiti Adventure Trust in partnership with the Gisborne District Council, aims to make Grey Street safer and more accessible to those utilising a newly installed skate park and pump track, connecting urban cycling and walking networks, and is aligned to the council’s long-term vision of connecting the ‘city to the sea'. A pick-up/drop-off zone and emergency car park has been established, and signage encouraging drivers to reduce speeds has been installed. The next phase of the project will develop a separated lane dedicated to active modes down a section of Grey Street and parklets for businesses to utilise as outdoor and pop-up spaces, spaces for food trucks, and commission local artists to enhance the look and feel of the street. Once the physical changes have been implemented, a cycling education programme will be run out of a facility in Alfred Cox Park. 

Napier City Council

Carlyle Street

The project aims to reduce traffic speeds and volumes to this mixed-use entry point to the CBD. Napier City Council is working with the local community to calm traffic, increase feelings of safety for all users, including pedestrians and those on bikes, and make the area a more enjoyable place to spend time in. As part of the project a number of options are being considered including reducing vehicle speeds, improving pedestrian crossings and increasing visibility points. This project will also give the opportunity to improve the overall urban amenity and highlight the cultural significance of the gateway end of the street.

Hastings District Council

Heretaunga Arakura (Hastings Pathways to School)

Working with a cluster of up to 22 schools in Hastings, this project aims to encourage students to choose healthy, active modes of transport for their journeys to and from school. A series of workshops will be held with selected students to understand the safety challenges they face on their routes to school. Those students will then become champions within the school community who will design solutions to these challenges and activations to engage the wider school community. Students will also use GIS mapping to capture their routes to school which will inform traffic calming measures on those routes to improve student safety.

The project will take place across four school clusters, funded by Streets for People (cluster one), Transport Choices (clusters two and three) and Walkable Neighbourhoods (cluster four) respectively.

Palmerston North City Council

Featherston Street Cycleway

The project will create a cycleway and make pedestrian improvements on Featherston Street to provide a safe, connected route for school children and commuters along one of the city’s busiest roads. The project will improve safety for those walking, cycling and scooting along the street and form part of Palmerston North’s Strategic Urban Cycle Network. Palmerston North City Council have also received funding through Transport Choices to extend this cycle route further down Featherston Street.

Whanganui District Council

Guyton Street

The project focuses on the section of Guyton Street between Saint Hill Street and Wicksteed Street and aims to improve safety for people walking in the area and revitalise this culturally significant, historic Whanganui street to make it a greener, vibrant, more inviting destination for everyone. A new park, with opportunities for play, will be installed in a currently vacant lot. The project will also look at ways to create stronger connections with other key areas of the town centre, including Victoria Avenue, Watt Street, and the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua.

Saint Hill Street bus hub

For this project an attractive streetscape will be created on lower Saint Hill Street – an important city stop for a number of buses, including the frequent Te Ngaru The Tide bus which launched in February 2023. The project aims to support public transport in Whanganui by creating a functional, visually attractive space for people to relax in while waiting for their connecting bus. The hub will feature design and art elements that reflect Whanganui’s unique identity.

Greater Wellington and Top of the South Island

Hutt City Council

Maru – Streets for People

The project covers the area between Parkway and Wainuiomata Road and will connect a number of schools to the existing Wainuiomata Shared Path. The project will improve safety for those walking, cycling and scooting between the town centre and schools and encourage students to choose low-carbon options to get to and from school. As part of the project some safety improvements will be made to crossing points near the schools, accessibility improvements will be made to assist those using mobility aids, and the addition of artwork and seating along key routes will create public spaces for the community to enjoy.

Wellington City Council

Berhampore to Newton Cycle Route

The Berhampore to Newtown route will complete the southern connection between Island Bay and the city and make it safer and easier for more people to bike/scoot from the southern suburbs into the central city. The project aligns with Paneke Pōneke, Wellington’s plan for a citywide network of connected bike/scooter routes that will be combined with improvements for people walking and taking the bus. Whether walking, cycling, or using the bus, the changes on this route will give people better options for how they can get to and from work, school or tertiary study, dropping kids at daycare, working at Wellington Hospital or related health services, visiting shops, and taking part in sports and recreation.

Tasman District Council


The project is creating more than 10kms of separated cycle lanes to improve spaces for cyclists on Salisbury Road, Wensley Road, Queen Street, Hill Street, and Champion Road. It links places where people live with seven schools, as well as the commercial centre and the wider existing network of cycle trails.


The project creates a safe cycling and walking corridor along the entire length of Aranui Road, which is the main route through the Māpua village. It connects Māpua Primary School at one end with the vibrant tourist destination, Māpua Wharf Precinct at the other end. The work includes several new pedestrian crossings, new wide shared paths, a safer slow vehicle zone, community street art, new cycle stands and plantings to improve the streetscape.

Nelson City Council

Railway Reserve to Waimea Road Active Travel Link

The project aims extend the existing corridor for people walking or cycling between the Nelson South section of the Railway Reserve through to Waimea Road. Improvements will be made along Tipahi Street, Franklyn Street and Kawai Street to make it safer for all road users, with a focus on improving cycling facilities. It will provide a safer connection to Nelson Hospital, and onto the many schools in the area.


Christchurch City Council

Aranui Connections

This project aims to make streets in Aranui more people-friendly, safer and easier to use for everyone. Currently there are safety issues impacting the ability of students and local residents to move around the area. Christchurch City Council is co-designing with local school students, mana whenua and the wider public to develop better walking and cycling connections.

Gloucester Street Shared Space

This project focuses on the block of Gloucester Street between Colombo Street and Manchester Street. The street is currently dominated by cars with wide traffic lanes, ample car parking and a plain street scape. The project would make the street more attractive and pedestrian friendly. Gloucester Street already houses the Isaac Theatre Royal and Tūranga central library and the project aligns with the aim to make the area a Performing Arts Precinct alongside the construction of the new Court Theatre.

Timaru District Council

Port Loop Road

The project trialled a safe and convenient way for pedestrians, cyclists and other active modes to move between Caroline Bay, the Port, coastal trails and the Timaru city centre via the Strathallan footbridge. The route, which will be installed permanently by Timaru District Council, connects the city to major coastal tourist sites but had been unappealing and unsafe for those walking and cycling due to the heavy traffic accessing the Port.

Pleasant Point Streets for People

This project will connect the Timaru-Tekapo Shared Use Trail through the centre of Pleasant Point, to improve walking and cycling in the area and create a more liveable, vibrant and accessible main street.

The project includes:

  • Creating a cycle track across the back of the railway station lay-by.
  • Constructing an unsealed cycle track from the town square area to just west of Manse Road.
  • Installing road art at the new Afghan Street access lane crossing point to make the crossing point clearer for vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Installing a new raised pedestrian crossing on Manse Road.

These changes will improve safety for all road users and will make moving through Pleasant Point clearer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists.