In just over a week on December 3rd what will be one of Auckland’s most iconic cycleways will be officially opened. The old Nelson St offramp and the cycleway down Nelson St as far as Victoria St are both nearing completion and for the offramp that means they’re laying down the pink surface that will make it so distinctive. Patrick and I took a quick look at it on Sunday when workers were busy adding some colour to the city. Since then a lot more has been done with pictures today showing some parts pink across the full width.
It’s certainly both bright and very distinctive. It’ll be interesting to see it from satellite images.
Here’s a pick that our friends at Bike Auckland tweeted today showing one section that has now been fully pinked
(Pic by Kyle Donegan from Resin Surfaces, in charge of sprinkling our new cycleway with bike fairy dust!) pic.twitter.com/EJvlmr6WCH
— Bike Auckland (@BikeAKL) November 23, 2015
The good folks at Bike Auckland are already an evening ride planned for the night of the third to celebrate the opening the cycleway.
Lights, colour, action! Dec 3rd marks the official opening of the Nelson Street bike path opening. Bike Auckland (aka Cycle Action) want to invite all people on two wheels to come up and be the first to see the amazing design and infrastructure collaboration lit up in it’s night time glory.
This is a casual roll up event, we recommend you arrive from around 7.30pm so that you are ready to hit the Upper Queen / Canada St entrance at 8.00pm. Then we can make our way down the steadily widening path to meet the sudden full-scale panorama of harbour and city in time for the sun setting at 8.24pm.
Afterward the night is your own, follow the route down Victoria Street to finish at Rockefella for Champagne & Oysters, or ride a loop back via Pitt Street and join K’rds First Thursday event. We’ll be posting ideas on the page. For those going to Bike Rave, it’s a good excuse for a practice ride.
If you want something to do between work and 7.30, there are a multitude of local places to meet, not the least – grabbing a bite to eat at the infamous Mercury Food Plaza. There are going to be films showing the length of K’Rd and her surrounding streets – make a night of it!
I didn’t take any photos of Victoria St but one thing I can say is I was suprised by how easy the grade was, much better than I had been expecting.
I’m looking forward to this being open.