Council projects

Shared spaces

Auckland Council is rolling out a number of upgrade projects, through initiatives such as the City Centre Masterplan, to help create the world's most liveable city.

Our award-winning shared spaces programme is one of the ways that we are transforming and revitalising our town and city centres into pedestrian-friendly destinations where you can shop, sit, relax, linger, dine and spend time.  


How shared spaces work

Shared spaces involve removing the traditional distinction between footpath and road so that vehicles and pedestrians can share the space.

In some cases, particularly in very narrow streets, a traditional street upgrade may be the better design option if we want to increase pedestrian amenity and provide more space for outdoor activity. Each street is assessed and the most appropriate design goes through a public consultation stage before works begin.

Since 2011, new shared spaces have opened on Darby Street, Lorne Street (outside the Auckland Library), Fort Street, Jean Batten Place, Fort Lane and Totara Avenue West in New Lynn.

New shared spaces and street upgrade projects are also in progress on Fort Street and O'Connell Street.

The before and after shots below show the visible difference that shared spaces have made to some of our city centre spaces.

We have also conducted a detailed report on how shared spaces are performing in terms of foot traffic, vehicle speeds, customer spending and perceptions of the area with some excellent results - see Fort Street Evaluation Report, which shows:

  • an increase in peak hour foot traffic by 50 percent
  • a reduction in vehicle speeds by more than 25 percent, and
  • an increase in hospitality spend in the immediate area by over 400 percent.

 O'Connell Street before.

O'Connell Street before and after

 O'Connell Street after.



 Fort Street before.

Fort Street before and after

 Fort Street after.



 Fort Lane before.

Fort Lane before and after

 Fort Lane after.



 Jean Batten Place before.

Jean Batten Place before and after

 Jean Batten Place after.




Questions about shared spaces

Click on the questions below to find out more about shared spaces.

Watch shared spaces in action

Watch the video below to find out more about the features and benefits of shared spaces.

Awards for shared spaces in Auckland

Two of our city centre projects have won accolades at the Roading New Zealand Excellence Awards 2012. These awards promote excellence, innovation and leadership in roading.

The Shared Space Streetscapes Programme beat three other finalists to take the top prize in the Medium Road Project category.

The Kitchener Street South upgrade, outside the Auckland Art Gallery, received a highly commended award in the Minor Road Project category.

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