Local blogwatcher Ian Chesterman has spotted something rather interesting:
The initial sum available ($7 million) is small but the fact the NZTA are even funding this kind of work is very exciting and has the potential to reshape our streets. The language on the NZTA website is particularly encouraging:
“The programme helps… by providing a toolkit of support options specifically targeted at retrofitting streets to reduce vehicle speeds and create more space for people.” and ” We don’t want projects that create more space for cars”
It is worth reading the NZTA’s more detailed explanation of the fund
where it explains that the fund will provide councils with 90% of the project funding and looks in more detail at the kind of projects that will be supported.
As Victoria St is still a mess with no agreed fix, should we encourage Council to apply for funding to trial a solution? Or is there anywhere else in Christchurch that would benefit from this kind of project?
Since the launch of the fund, the Govt has even gone one step further by suggesting that it could be used to help fund temporary wider walk/cycle paths (by reappropriating road space) to help with physical distancing while out and about, and it certainly could be quite the opportunity to reshape our city streets.
Where do you think we take advantage of temporary street rearrangements?