Federal Street, from Victoria Street and Fanshawe Street was a car-dominated one-way street with little to offer to pedestrians or cyclists. Federal Street forms part of a future Laneways Circuit, a network of streets for people in central Auckland. Significant construction activity on the adjacent Albert Street arterial also increased Federal Street’s role in providing for pedestrians and cyclists.
Auckland Transport trialled a contra-flow cycle lane and test street layout ideas before Federal Street’s scheduled permanent upgrade, using the following treatments:
The treatments were used to:
‘Consultation by trial’ was used and changes were made before seeking public feedback, giving people the opportunity to experience how they were impacted before responding. Budget was put aside for post-delivery changes based on the results of the consultation and evaluation processes.
A comprehensive evaluation was commissioned, which analysed before and after measures of:
The key findings were:
Areas for improvement identified were:
The lessons reinforce the value of a trial approach where improvements can be made post-implementation, with the evaluation recommending that the changes be converted to a permanent upgrade. The project further points to the need for ongoing maintenance costs to be budgeted.