We're 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 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 is a different way of doing things and should be a bit of fun.

To find out more about any of the projects get in touch – InnovatingStreets@ccc.govt.nz

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

Ferry Road cycle connection 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.

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

The cycle link officially opened at the end of May. Read more about it on Newsline.(external link)

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

We're asking for feedback(external link) that can feed into the permanent project while the temporary cycleway is in place.

St Alkbans School

St Albans School

We've introduced three-minute parking spaces and new street art to improve the school drop-off area on Sheppard Place next to St Albans School.

So far this has helped to keep people moving through the area and improve safety. The school, local residents, and Community Board representatives are still working to make it safer to access the school.








We're trialling lower speeds, safer crossing points, and intersection changes in the Beckenham area bounded by Tennyson Street, Colombo Street, Waimea Terrace and Eastern Terrace.

We've reviewed speed limits in Beckenham(external link) and a new 40 km/h speed limit will come into place at the start of July. The speed limit is for the Beckenham loop area to the south of Tennyson Street and bounded by Eastern Terrace and Waimea Terrace.


We're trialling intersection changes to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross Selwyn Street between Milton Street and Somerfield Street.

We're also reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h to make it safer to get around in the Selwyn Street shopping area, part of Coronation Street and all of Rosewarne Street, Wilard Street and Somerset Crescent.

Selwyn Street intersections

An example of changes that could be made to improve crossing points

12 play street events around Christchurch will temporarily close a street to traffic and turn it into fun play areas for local children and their families.

The play streets are locally led and held in neighbourhoods around the city. Find out more about Ōtautahi play streets.(external link)

Play streets