Found via Biking in Dunedin & Cycling Action Network. Sounds very positive.
“The Minister of Transport is proposing changes to legislation to make it easier for local authorities (like councils) to make street changes that support public transport, active travel and placemaking. These proposals would enable local authorities to make street changes more efficiently and provide new ways for communities to be involved in changes that affect them.
The proposed regulatory changes include:
- a new ‘Street Layouts’ land transport rule for local authorities, as road controlling authorities (RCAs), to use for changing street layouts, piloting street changes, restricting vehicles, establishing Community Streets and School Streets, and for deciding on other street changes
- amending sections in the Local Government Act 1974 (LGA1974) covering pedestrian malls, transport shelters (like bus shelters), and temporary road closures
- changes to other rules and regulations so that local authorities can reduce speed limits as part of pilots, trial Traffic Control Devices (TCDs) more effectively, and to make legislation more accessible.”
Consultation & opportunity for anyone to comment here: www.nzta.govt.nz/about-us/consultations/reshaping-streets-consultation/