The Christchurch City Council Living Streets strategy outlines eight ways in which a Living Street contributes to our quality of life:
Clearly, quality of life is complex and holistic, involving the ways people feel as individuals and about the places in which they are living. What a place is like, and whether it will be successful as a living environment, depends on objective factors like housing, transport and social provision and also on less tangible factors such as what it feels like there for the people who use it.
In residential streets, the motor vehicle has a significant impact - both positive and negative - on our quality of life. The design and development of Living Streets amongst the residential streets of Christchurch is a tangible way of evolving from the car focus to a more balanced environment, where people who live, work and visit in the streets have at least the same priority as cars.
Streets philosophy can also be applied in the design and development of
network roads. In these situations, the focus is on crossability, public