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Children riding their bikes over temporary street obstacle course

Bike rodeo in Wainuiomata. Credit: Hutt City Council.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council are planning to transform some of their suburban street environments this spring and summer to encourage more walking, cycling, and play.

It’s all about healthy streets and placemaking and creating a Lower Hutt that puts people first, especially tamariki. The public desire for increased opportunities to walk and cycle is growing. Hutt City’s healthy active streets project will allow them to deliberately meet this demand by working with the residents where they live, learn, work and play – in their streets, neighbourhoods and communities.

The team has deliberately selected street activations where they have the best chance of success, focusing on cul-de-sacs in relatively quiet suburban streets, in areas of higher deprivation, that also link to local parks/reserves which are currently under-utilised. These streets are in 50km/hr zones with low volumes of car traffic, little if any truck movements, and virtually no through traffic beyond the street residents. Some of these cul-de-sacs are already being used by local residents for play.

Regular updates on this mahi and the learnings along the way will be shared through Healthy Families Lower Hutt and Hutt City Council social media.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt(external link)
Hutt City Council(external link)

Children playing in the street in Naenae

Naenae street play. Credit: Hutt City Council.

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