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.
Image credit: Porirua artist, Nick Meli
Community leaders are helping plan the community engagement process (including information-gathering, the joint design process, and events and activities for the street).
In early 2021 community members are taking part in the joint design of the “roughly right” street layouts: there will be a variety of activities mostly being led by community, and supported by the project team.
Once the designs have been installed in May/June 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 will jointly design and shape the street improvements targeted to the area outside Russell School in Fantame Street and at nearby intersections. 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.
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.
To find out more about our Innovating Streets project get in touch with us at PeopleChangingStreets@PoriruaCity.govt.nz