Innovating Streets – making safer streets for people

We’ve secured $1 million from the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to design four Innovating Streets trial projects with our community.

Wellington City’s Innovating Streets pilots are four of 70 throughout the country that are being funded through Waka Kotahi’s $24m pilot fund that gives communities and councils the opportunity to work in partnership to make changes to streets and neighbourhoods so they are safer and create more space for people. 

We’ll be working with members of the community to co-design the pilots and jointly assess how they achieve their outcomes after people experience them in real-life. 

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is providing 90% of the funding and the Council 10%. 

The funded Innovating Streets pilots in Wellington city are: 

  • Placemaking Parklets in Newtown (along Riddiford Street between Mein and Rhodes streets) and Te Aro (between Taranaki, Cuba Ghuznee and Abel Smith streets).  A parklet is an urban space that could be used with people, businesses and the surrounding environment in mind to make it a welcoming and enjoyable place to be. Estimated project cost: $495,420 
  • Cycle route in Wilson Street, Newtown to trial a safer connection for people cycling between Constable Street and Riddiford Street. Estimated project cost: $59,800  Enhancement of the Miramar Peninsula on Massey Road, from Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay. The goal is to connect people to the coast. Estimated project cost: $250,000 
  • A safe cycling facility for people travelling on Brooklyn Road from Webb Street to Ohiro Road. Estimated project cost: $316,250. 

Work with the community on the Placemarking Parklets and Massey Road will start soon. The other two pilots will be developed in 2021. 

Anyone keen to be kept in the loop can email: or phone: (04) 499 4444.