Pedestrian experience

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Creating a pedestrian-friendly environment in Rolleston is part of the vision for the town centre.

The design of the carriageway and pavement/sidewalk is focused on making a stroll through the town centre a pleasant experience. In this type of environment, children, the elderly and other pedestrians will be safe to cross the road and travel throughout the town centre.

Quality materials and interesting pavement design will enhance the main high street. Street furniture is proposed to be placed at regular intervals, while trees have been prioritised in the main street as well as the surrounding infrastructure.


Lighting has been carefully considered to ensure the level is safe for cars and people during the day and night. Where possible, significantly wider spaces have been proposed so that a number of people can gather and enjoy the streetscape.

Some proposed key features include:

  • planting and trees across the town centre which are a mixture of exotics and natives.This includes over 185 trees and 4000 plants

  • five or more seats along the Tennyson Street high street

  • a community garden with edible plants alongside the promenade

  • modern street lighting to enhance light levels

  • water fountains and other street furniture

  • rubbish bins across the development will be regularly serviced.

Detail on lighting design levels

An outline of the lighting design has been provided by the consulting engineer as follows:

The road lighting has been designed to achieve the following road lighting categories, in accordance with AS/NZS 1158:

  • Tennyson Street (from Moore Street to Rolleston Drive) is a collector road and is categorised as pedestrian with sub category 3 (P3). There will be a mix of vehicle, pedestrian and cycle traffic.

  • Wordsworth Street (from More Street to Stage 2b development) is a local road and is be categorised as pedestrian with sub category 3 (P3). There will be a mix of vehicle, pedestrian and cycle traffic.

  • Wordsworth Street (from Stage 2b development to Tennyson Street) is a mixed pedestrian and vehicle movement and is categorised as pedestrian with sub category 6 (P6).

  • The pedestrian Promenade is primarily for pedestrian use and is categorised as pedestrian with sub category 6 (P6).

  • Carparks are categorised as pedestrian with sub category 11b (P11b).

  • The town centre and surrounding pedestrian spaces is designed to at least category P6 for public activity areas.

We have considered the CPTED guidelines in the lighting design for the town square and surrounding areas as follows:

  • Lighting has been designed to support visibility for pedestrians and for motorists.

  • The light fittings are out of reach of vandals or are vandal resistant.

  • Glare is kept to a minimum and uniformity of lighting will reduce shadows.

  • We have coordinated the light fittings with vegetation, trees etc to avoid loss of light.

  • The design has also allowed for staging of the project with lighting provided for the spaces that will initial be empty.


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