What has the feedback been so far?
Mixed - While many people support the purpose of the project, concerns have been raised around some of the temporary changes.
- The pink and blue dots – the general feedback from residents has been that the dots make intersections too confusing.
- The pop-up cycleway on Duke and Wilson streets – we’ve had some great feedback from parents and their kids who are loving the new cycleway.
- The one-way access of upper Duke Street – many feel the one-way street has increased congestion in town and is making it more difficult for drivers to get out of town.
What happens now?
We are reviewing all the feedback as it comes in and will be looking to make changes. We are also carrying out traffic and pedestrian monitoring to see if the temporary treatments, such as the pop-up cycleway, speed humps and painted dots, are working as intended.
Are other councils making temporary changes to the streets in their towns?
Yes, this project is part of a nationwide initiative called Innovating Streets which is being driven and funded by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency. There are 74 projects which have been initiated from Auckland all the way down to Bluff in the South Island.