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