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Kinds of Living Streets


Community Streets

Rountree Street and Hanrahan Street in Upper Riccarton

These streets are predominantly residential, with traffic calming measures, and provide easy and safe access for all ages and abilities, interconnected walkways, convenient areas for cars and other vehicles, and places for recreation and social activities.

Rountree Street and Hanrahan Street in Upper Riccarton are an excellent example.

Residents of these streets were concerned about the speed and volume of through traffic, so the people who live there got together and designed landscape areas to control the traffic and enhance the streets.

Walkable Streets

Leslie Street in Upper Riccarton

This style of Living Street has mixed residential and commercial use e.g., shops, schools, dentists and doctors rooms, offices and cafes among or alongside homes of various styles.

A walkable street is often slightly wider than a community street, but still offers places for leisure walking for all abilities, some recreation spaces and gains a sense of place over time.

Leslie Street in Upper Riccarton is a street that acts as a buffer between a large commercial area on one side and residential area on the other.

Small Public Areas

The corner of Victoria and Salisbury Streets

The corner of Victoria & Salisbury Streets

This style of Living Street provides pleasant, healthy resting and recreational space in predominantly commercial areas.

Often situated next to a busy street, the small urban space helps merge the business environment with the com-munity and sometimes hosts retail displays or small events.

Social interaction is enhanced by comfortable, well placed or moveable seating, and the area is made safe through the careful placement of lighting, and by ensuring visibility from at least one busy street.

The corner of Victoria and Salisbury Streets in the City is a small green space in the city, providing a restful oasis amongst busy traffic.

Great Streets

New Regent Street in the Inner City

On a slightly grander scale is the mixed use street or boulevard, often predominantly commercial, which often incorporates more of a designed and constructed environment than the other kinds of streets mentioned here.

It may feature a local or heritage icon or characteristic, and frequently contrasts with the area around it.

New Regent Street in the inner city exhibits many elements that define Great Streets, such as quality of design, architectural definition - both vertical and horizontal, places for people to walk in leisure, and pedestrians, trams and service vehicles in harmony.

Quiet Streets

Lavandula Crescent in Burnside

A Danish term - predominantly residential streets that have been "calmed" to allow equality of usage between residents and cars.

Significant use of restraints such as speed humps, platforms, chicanes, carriageway offsets, raised intersections, pinchpoints, narrowed carriageways, intersection thresholds and kerb extensions, result in a livable environment.

Lavandula Crescent in Burnside is a pleasant area of open space providing a pedestrian and cycle link between a network of residential streets with Memorial Avenue.

Beyond the Street Boundaries

Washington Reserve
An example of a people space adjoining two busy State Highways - Moorhouse Avenue and Waltham Road

These Living Streets take in footpaths, unfenced frontages, berms, kerbs and channels, landscaping, street trees and lighting, and invite interaction with activities in adjacent buildings such as retail shops, cafes, private gardens, artworks, parks and reserves, driveways and car parks.

They often feature a landmark or heritage aspect in the design and over time develop a character of their own.

Water features, bridge structures, sculpture and other art forms, and children's play areas are often an integral part of this type of Living Street and contribute to its character - sometimes referred to as a "sense of place."

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