$18m cy­cle way light­ing up Auck­land’s in­ner city

Western Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - MARY FITZGER­ALD

The Nel­son St cy­cle­way has been de­vel­oped to open up the in­ner city for walk­ers and cy­clists, and it’s work­ing.

In 2016 186,000 cy­clists used the cy­cle­way, Auck­land Trans­port fig­ures show.

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

It has a gen­tle slope and links the north­west­ern cy­cle route, Grafton Gully and the wa­ter­front.

There are panoramic views from Free­mans Bay, Pon­sonby, over the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge, to the North Shore, along with views into the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

‘‘At night it is a spec­ta­cle of pink and pur­ple light­ing hues, mak­ing it both en­gag­ing and safe to use in the evening.’’

Tak­ing time to stop and look down over the mo­tor­way, as streams of traf­fic flow be­neath is worth­while.

The Nel­son St cy­cle­way is di­vided into two parts, Te Ara I Whiti - The Light­path, and Nel­son St cy­cle lane sec­tion.

The cy­cle­way starts at the Up­per Queen St and Canada St in­ter­sec­tion, and con­tin­ues down on the west side of Nel­son St to the in­ter­sec­tion of Vic­to­ria St. At night it is a spec­ta­cle of pink and pur­ple light­ing hues, mak­ing it both en­gag­ing and safe to use in the evening.

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