We are working on five innovating streets for people projects in Christchurch aimed at creating safer, healthier and more people-friendly spaces in our city.

The projects are to be co-created with the community and showcase a different way of doing things – trialling changes to our streets and making improvements as we go.

The co-creation process will be a different way of doing things and should be a bit of fun.

The five projects that the Government has agreed to fund through the NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi are:

To make our streets safer for everyone, we’re trialling a new type of cycleway on Ferry Road between St Asaph Street and Fitzgerald Avenue, and lowering the speed limit to 30 km/h following a Council decision.

The cycleway will provide a safe connection between the existing cycle paths on St Asaph Street and the east end of Ferry Road.

We’ll be using paint, planters and temporary separators to trial the new road layout so that the community can see how it will work and give feedback based on their experience to inform a permanent project that will follow.

Ferry Road artists impression


St Alkbans School

St Albans School

This project involves closing off Sheppard Place, on a trial basis, to vehicles on school days at drop-off and pick-up times to improve safety for St Albans School students using active transport modes.

This project involves trialling lower speeds, safe crossing points, and intersection changes in the Beckenham area bounded by Tennyson Street, Colombo Street, Waimea Terrace and Eastern Terrace.


This project involves trialling intersection changes to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross Selwyn Street.

Selwyn Street intersections

12 play street events around Christchurch by temporarily closing a street to traffic and turning it into fun play areas for local children and their families.  

Play streets