We’re doing things a bit differently with this project because it’s an‘Innovating Streets’ project that’s mostly being funded by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.
See more photographs from the project here
We hope you’re all getting a first-hand sense of how Fantame Street is starting to work: when you’re walking, biking, scooting, or driving through, and when waiting, sitting, eating, or having a chat.
The results of our monitoring, surveying, research and community feedback from the two-month trial of Fantame Street’s new configuration, are in and show that the changes are working.
85 per cent of people driving by the shops and Russell School are now going well under the survivable speed of 30kph. Having somewhere to sit down, eat and wait on Fantame Street is also popular, especially with kids.
Given that the results are achieving the project goals the main elements of the improvements will stay as is, with some minor adjustments for workability.
There will, however, be one significant adjustment. Responding to widespread concern at fewer carparks within two seconds’ walk of the shops, we will create additional formal car parks in Fawn Street.
We’ve got some artist’s impressions to give an idea of how things will look.
Download the image here
Download the image here
Image credit: Porirua artist, Nick Meli
Community leaders helped plan the community engagement process and a community group of Cannons Creek locals helped co-design the “roughly right” layout for Fantame Street.
Once the designs have been installed in May 2021, there will be opportunities to take part in creative activities and events in the street that encourage people into the newly rearranged street space, and a chance to give feedback on how the new layouts feel.
In June/July 2021 people will be coming back to the streets, seeing how the evolving features feel, and giving more feedback so we can tweak things to make them work better.
Community concerns about unsafe driving and speeding in the Castor Crescent/Fantame Street area in eastern Porirua have led to this project.
The community and Council have jointly designed and shaped the street improvements targeted to the area outside Russell School in Fantame Street. These improvements will slow traffic down and make the streets nicer and safer for people to use.
The installations to achieve this improvement in the street will be put in with some temporary and adjustable materials. These will be improved as we see and hear how they’re working for people in real life.
At the same time as the changes are being made to Fantame Street we are making some standard safety changes to slow traffic at the intersections where Castor Crescent and Fantame Street meet Warspite Ave
Fantame Street and nearby intersections are those that locals have raised lots of concerns about and we think could be made safer and nicer to get around on foot (or by bike, scooter or wheelchair).
It’s a good place to try this new approach because there’s a bit less traffic than the main road and because it’s surrounded by Russell School, the Fantame Street shops and the new Kāinga Ora housing developments happening now.
While Kāinga Ora’s Porirua Development project is changing buildings and streets and paths, this Innovating Streets project is just about street space – footpath space, street parking and traffic lanes (the “road corridor”).
The scope of this particular project is pretty small. So we want it to deliver street improvements that will actually make a tangible difference for locals, rather than spreading thinly over a big area and not making much impact anywhere.
The Innovating Streets programme and fund is about getting councils and communities to try using a ‘tactical urbanism’ approach to make urban streets more people friendly. There are over 70 Innovating Streets projects happening right now nationwide – see the programme’s website for more information
Tactical urbanism is about changing streets by piloting adaptive street improvements that have been jointly designed with the locals.
Once the improvements have been in place for a few weeks we’ll be seeking feedback on how things are working. We will be using a survey to gather views and we’ll also be monitoring things on site.
In the meantime, if you’d like to give us some feedback please get in touch at PeopleChangingStreets@PoriruaCity.govt.nz