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Hutt City seeking money for temporary cycleways and footpaths

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The Hutt City Council is applying for a share of the Government’s recently announced [1] funding to support temporary footpath expansions, which allow people to better maintain physical distancing.

Under the programme, the Government (through Waka Kotāhi) will fund 90 per cent of the cost of temporary changes to streetscapes. Funding can be used to roll-out ‘tactical urbanism’ – which may include using planter boxes, paint, or other methods to extend space on streets for walking and cycling.

The Council has identified a number of projects to put forward for funding. These are part of existing strategies and plans, and include:

Reducing speed limits to 30 km/h is also expected to be trialled in Lower Hutt’s central city and Petone’s shopping precinct, at the same time as some of the above projects.

Local communities will have a significant role in co-design processes, ahead of any projects going ahead. This will ensure the views of residents and businesses are at the forefront of the temporary changes.

Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor, Tui Lewis, says the funding of these projects offers Lower Hutt significant benefits.

“First and foremost, temporary changes will support people to maintain physical distancing, which is critical to our ongoing and successful response to Covid-19.

“As well as this, it gives our city an opportunity to trial new approaches to city design and supporting active transport options in busy areas of the city.

“If our funding applications are successful, I’m looking forward to us working with local communities in the co-design of these projects, to make sure they’re as successful as possible,” says Tui Lewis.

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