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About Living Streets

Chevron Place, Ilam

Chevron Place in Ilam
A delightful tree lined cul-de-sac where front lawns merge into the meandering walkway, and the narrow, curving carriageway encourages slower traffic.

Living Streets are made for people. Walking, jogging, playing, cycling, skating, scooting, talking, watching, sitting, gardening, selling, partying, parking, waiting. These are just some of the things people can do in a Living Street.

The concept of Living Streets challenges the increasingly common assumption that streets are for cars and that those cars should therefore have automatic priority over people in all streets.

The Living Streets concept attempts to instil an ideal that streets should be designed or redesigned with the priority on living and community interaction, where residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists at the very least have equality with cars.

A Living Street does not exclude cars and other motor vehicles, but it is designed to make drivers aware that they are driving in an area where pedestrians and other users are important. A Living Street encourages better driver behaviour, and discourages heavy trucks and through traffic.

Any street, apart from a motorway or expressway which has a pure transit function, can become a Living Street.

The Living Streets vision is to create a living city where a variety of road environments support and encourage a better quality of life and a greater range of community and street activity.

Living Streets come in many forms. In Christchurch we already have several streets which have been created with community participation in the design, or which demonstrate some of the elements of the ideal Living Street. In comparison with many other cities around the world, Christchurch has received acclaim for its many Living Streets, which are now being promoted as role models for other council developments.

"Creating walkable road environments is cost effective in comparison to other transport modes. For less than the cost of building a single kilometre of motorway, it is possible to achieve a safe, direct and pleasant road environment for pedestrians within an existing urban community of 50,000 people, as well as undertake the education, enforcement and promotion programmes required to further enhance safety and maximise its use.

The resulting environment will not only benefit the community’s residents as they undertake pedestrian activity. It will also be conducive to cycling and public transport use, and will aid in the reduction of motor vehicle speeds; a significant contributing factor to many urban crashes."

New Zealand Pedestrian Profile:
National Pedestrian Project, November 2000

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