Lightpath celebrates first birthday

Last Updated : 23 May 2017
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Te Ara I Whiti – Auckland’s Lightpath marks its first birthday on 3 December. 

Hundreds of Aucklanders held an early first birthday party for the landmark, with people of all ages gathering at the Canada St bridge before walking and cycling to the Nelson St end. There, a gigantic chocolate cake was cut.

A year of success for magenta adventure

The Lightpath opened in 2015, and since it opened more than 200,000 Aucklanders and visitors have made trips across it.

It has been featured in global media and received numerous awards for architecture and design.

Lightpath was delivered by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the Government through NZ Transport Agency and the Urban Cycleways Programme.

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Think pink

The pink colour has made a big impression on people says Kathryn King, AT Cycling, Walking and Safety manager.

“Aucklanders love it. I get a lot of people asking me if we can have all the new cycleways coloured pink,” she says.

“People are using it in big numbers to get into the city for work or study as well as for recreation. We always see an increase in the number of people walking or cycling in the weekend when the weather’s good.”

Part of a bigger picture

Auckland Transport is working with project partners Auckland Council and the Government through the NZ Transport Agency and the Urban Cycleways Programme on a $200m programme of cycle improvements from 2015 to 2018. Find out more

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