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Lorne Street Parklet. Credit: Auckland Council(external link)

Parklets are a low-risk, low-cost way to create space for people to spend time or store things that might otherwise take up footpath space.

They increase activity in a street without interfering with pedestrian movement, improving economic, social, or environmental outcomes without taking space away from already disadvantaged modes.

The activity occurs on the side of the street and with vehicle interaction unlikely they can be used in most streets with an operating speed less than 50kph. However, the slower the vehicles the more pleasant the environment will be.

Parklets can have a range of different costs and uses:

  • Commercially driven for a hospitality business or businesses
  • Public dwelling space in a crowded street
  • Storage for signs, bikes and other things that can clutter a footpath
  • Greenspace in urban environments

The rules

As Parklets are not part of a traffic lane, they are unlikely to conflict with Traffic Control Devices. But be sure not to use any regulatory signs (eg STOP, GIVE WAY, etc.) in the parklet that might be misinterpreted by vehicle operators in the traffic lanes.

Parklets will usually mean making changes to parking spaces, which may require a traffic resolution and consultation under the Local Government Act. Check with your Traffic Resolutions team to work out how to make the change as quickly and easily as possible.

Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004
Local Government Act 1974(external link)

International examples

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Cyclehoop Modular Parklet

Modular parklet. Credit: Cyclehoop(external link)

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