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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Work has started to put the temporary cycleway in place and we expect to be finished towards the end of March. We're asking for feedback(external link) that can feed into the permanent project while the temporary cycleway is in place.

Have a look at construction progress.(external link)

Ferry Road artists impression


St Alkbans School

St Albans School

We're consiering 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.

The school, local residents, and Community Board representatives are working on how this project will take shape.








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

The Beckenham speed review(external link) is currently looking at reducing speed limits in this area. Feedback is open until Monday 22 March.


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

Local schools and community groups are currently working together to decide exactly what work will be done.

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 the first ones will happen in the next couple of months. Find out more about Ōtautahi play streets.(external link)

Play streets