Darby Street is the first of the excellent “Shared Spaces” in central Auckland to have been completed. I took a wander around there at lunch time yesterday with my camera: I like the fact that the trees that the gutter create something of a boundary to where one would expect cars to be (so there is a place where you feel truly ‘safe’) but at the same time if you want to walk down the middle of the street then you also feel quite comfortable doing that. While the place wasn’t exactly buzzing with pedestrians, there were quite a few milling around and it certainly felt like a friendly and attractive place to be. I think a few more seats would be quite nice though.
Progress on converting nearby Elliott Street into a shared space is also progressing well: And finally, just to jog the memory this is what Darby Street used to look like: What a stunning improvement. I can’t wait to see this rolled out to more and more inner city streets.