The project sought to kick-start a community conversation around what safe streets could look like. It responded to an increased use of cars for short trips, and was undertaken at a time when Auckland Transport was proposing a cycleway project through the suburb. The team aimed to reframe the community narrative around street use in the lead-up to consultation on the proposed cycleway.
The street chosen for the event was outside the local Primary School which, like many across Auckland, sees high volumes of vehicle traffic at dropoff and pickup times. By closing the road from 8am to 8pm we also sought to encourage families to consider alternative transport options to get children to school. School students used the street from 8am to 3pm. After this time, it turned into a community event space. It is estimated 1,500 people attended.
Matt lives in the Pt Chev community and delivered this project as part of Crank’s commitment to 10% of staff time spent working on pro bono community projects.
Together with another community member, Matt conceived the overall project concept and then approached the key stakeholder - school leadership - to get them on board.
Tasks then performed in the lead-up to the event included:
- Project coordination to ensure successful delivery.
- Engagement with Auckland Transport to gain support for aspects of project delivery.
- Coordination of involvement by AT Cycleways team and Safekids Aotearoa for onsite displays.
- Management of project budget.
- Event coordination during the day.
- Input into community comms and engagement strategy.
- Face-to-face engagement with affected residents to gain support for the event.
- Planning and promotion of additional school walking and cycling programmes.
- Event metrics. We saw fantastic results from attendees’ surveys, including 80% travelling by active modes, 86% supporting a repeat of the event, 86% indicating the event made them think differently about road use, 73% saying it had highlighted changes required in dropoff/pickup behaviour.
- Repeat. The success of this one-off event has prompted the school to develop a self-sustaining model they can run themselves.
- Golden Foot award. The project is a finalist in the Living Streets Aotearoa Walking Awards, with winners announced June 9th 2020.