Designing streets for the 21st century

Urban Street Design Workshops

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Healthy cities and towns that provide safe and comfortable places to live, work, enjoy and connect ask for a street network that supports this. So, this means streets that service all users of various modes, and streets that stimulate the adoption of sustainable transport. But how do you organise the competing demands for space on our urban road corridors? How do you make streets more accessible to everyone?

That is what the new Urban Street Design workshop addresses, developed in collaboration with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Guidance on multi-modal urban street design has gradually been evolving past few years. In two days, expert practitioners from Waka Kotahi, Abley, MRCagney and ViaStrada shared best practice and guidance on multi-modal urban streets design. Expertise and examples are based on international good practice and the results of local implementation and trials. Knowledge and experience were shared via presentations and group discussions. Design exercises in groups give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge to practical situations.

Quay St view

Relevant topics that are addressed in the workshops:

  • current regulatory and policy context for urban transport development
  • principles of good street design practice in Aotearoa
  • urban network planning (land use and transport integration, speed management)
  • general approaches to roadway design and road space allocation
  • planning and design for inclusive access
  • planning and design for walking, cycling, micro-mobility and public transport
  • design for motor vehicles (parking, servicing, use of design vehicles etc.)
  • street design issues such as urban design, lighting and security, wayfinding, audit and review
  • implementation issues such as pilots, trials and monitoring.

Wgtn workshop

Practical details

Time & Place:

The first workshop was held on 2–3 November 2020 in Wellington to a full house. Further workshops were held in:

  • Christchurch: 1-2 March 2021
  • Auckland: 8-9 April 2021
  • Wellington: 19-20 April 2021
  • Wellington: 21-22 February 2023

Workshop flyer (PDF)

Wgtn workshop exercise


  • Standard rate for 2-day workshop                                                               $975 + GST

Note: A late fee of $100 + GST is applied to any registrations later than 2 weeks before a workshop


To register your interest in doing any future workshops, please contact