We’re making our streets and public spaces safer and more enjoyable to spend time in, through Auaha Evolving Spaces.
Kick-started through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People pilot fund, Auaha Evolving Spaces is grounded in the principles of co-design and tactical urbanism and is powered by Hutt City Council and Healthy Families Hutt Valley.
Auaha Evolving Spaces brings together three projects to reimagine streets and places, to better work for people. By taking a co-design approach, and working alongside communities, we aim to create safer, healthier and more enjoyable spaces across Lower Hutt.
The Knights Road Connection project aims to create a safer and more people-friendly journey along Knights Road regardless of transport choice.
Knights Road is a key connector route for people using active and public modes of transport. By trialling a temporary pathway connecting Waterloo station, the busy public transport hub, with the Lower Hutt CBD, we will create a safer option for the almost 2,000 students from four local schools to get around, as well as other regular commuters, residents and visitors of the area.
Out of early engagement, we heard that people wanted a physical site to stay informed about the project, a more attractive journey along Knights Road and additional seating. This led to the development of the new Birch Street pop-up park.
A short-term trial of a new layout on a section of Knights Road will begin in February. Real-time feedback and traffic monitoring will then inform what could be trialled for a longer period of time over more of Knights Road and help shape the next steps for the project.
The Auaha Evolving Spaces Jackson Street Project aims to create an opportunity to see the street through the eyes of those that love it most, its residents, business owners and visitors. Jackson Street prides itself on creating an experience that promotes, preserves and enhances its heritage, retail and commercial value.
Through building our understanding of Jackson Street, the people that use it and what they value about the street, the goal of this project is to use tactical urbanism to enhance those experiences for everyone.
The final initiative guided by Auaha Evolving Spaces principles is Play Streets. Play Streets is an international movement that supports local residents to take back their quiet streets for play. This low-cost physical change to a residential street allows residents permission to take ownership of how they want to use this space.
Play Streets create a safe environment for free play and being active, and lead to friendlier and more connected neighbourhoods. This is evident from the three Play Streets held recently in Lower Hutt which ignited fun and reconnected busy residents.