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Neighbourhood greenways, also known as ‘quiet streets’, ‘slow streets’ and ‘bicycle boulevards’, are streets with low volumes of motor traffic travelling at low speeds; this creates a pleasant cycling environment, without requiring specific cycle facilities.  Neighbourhood greenways commonly incorporate low speed limits and, more importantly, physical measures to ensure low speed environments.  Physical measures may be used to restrict the movements available to motorists travelling in and out of a neighbourhood greenway, thus controlling vehicle volumes, whilst still allowing permeability for cycling.  Neighbourhood greenways often provide connections between community facilities such as schools, parks and shops. 


Check whether a neighbourhood greenway is a suitable facility for your target users and for the type of road.

  • Legal considerations

    As a neighbourhood greenway is a legal road any traffic control devices used within the roadway will be subject to the Traffic Control Devices (TCD) Rule and Road User Rule.  It is important to check that any traffic control devices (i.e. signs, symbols, markings, traffic calming device, marking or road surface treatment) used comply with these rules.  Treatments used in a neighbourhood greenway may need to be added to the local traffic bylaws, for example, the creation of one-way sections of road, banning of turns at intersections and speed limit changes.

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  • Concept design considerations

    Overall guidance

    Austroads does not specifically identify neighbourhood greenways as an option for providing for cycling, but does offer guidance on traffic management devices and diversion to support local area traffic management schemes.

    In New Zealand neighbourhood greenway guidance is available in the Christchurch City Council Major cycleway design guide [PDF, 4.7 MB].

    Auckland Transport have developed a Local Path Design Guide(external link) (‘local path’ being their terminology for neighbourhood greenways) that presents a number of tools for developing neighbourhood greenways.

    Internationally, the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide(external link) guidance for ‘Bicycle Boulevards’ can be suitably adapted to design neighbourhood greenways in New Zealand. 

    Contra-flow cycling

    A neighbourhood greenway might involve a street that is one-way for motor vehicles but allows people to cycle in either direction (via a contra-flow cycle lane or separated path).  The traffic control should be established by a local bylaw. For design considerations and signs requirements, see the guidance on provision for contra-flow cycling.


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  • Detailed design considerations


    Traffic control devices introduced on a neighbourhood greenway may involve traffic signs. Special signs to define a neighbourhood greenway may also be developed.


    Traffic control devices introduced on a neighbourhood greenway may involve road markings.

    In particular, sharrow road markings [PDF, 1.2 MB] may be used (once approved as a road marking) to indicate to motorists that the traffic lane is shared if narrow lanes are part of the design.

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