City cy­cle­way gets glow­ing re­view

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

The Nel­son St cy­cle­way is mak­ing the in­ner city eas­ier to ac­cess for walk­ers and cy­clists.

In 2016 186,000 cy­clists used the cy­cle­way.

The $18 mil­lion pink cy­cle­way over­looks busy Auck­land roads and leads down to Nel­son St. It is touted as New Zealand’s most am­bi­tious piece of cy­cling in­fras­truc­ture, and is the first to be re­viewed in our Auck­land ur­ban cy­cle­way re­view se­ries.

The cy­cle­way is easy and safe to use, well sign posted, and gets peo­ple to where they need to be in the in­ner city quickly by foot or bike. I give it a rat­ing of 9/10. It has a gen­tle slope and links the north­west­ern cy­cle route, Grafton Gully and the wa­ter­front, cre­at­ing a walk­ing and cy­cling route along the west side of the CBD.

It has panoramic views from Free­mans Bay, the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge, the North Shore, and cen­tral city. Tak­ing time to stop and look across the cityscape and down over the mo­tor­way junc­tion, as streams of traf­fic flow be­neath is worth­while.

It is di­vided into Te Ara I Whiti - The Light­path, and the Nel­son St cy­cle lane, start­ing at the Up­per Queen St and Canada St in­ter­sec­tion, and con­tin­u­ing down on the west side of Nel­son St to Vic­to­ria St.

The Light­path is el­e­vated, pass­ing over a criss­cross of mo­tor­way lanes and is a dra­matic place to ride and walk.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/FAIRFAX NZ

Fairfax Me­dia re­porter Mary Fitzger­ald rates the cy­cle­way as a safe, fun and great way to travel in and out of the in­ner city.

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