Lightpath couldn’t stand the light

Lightpath is just over a year old but it quickly reached iconic status and feels like it has been part of the city for a lot longer than it has. As of the end of January, over 228k people had cycled along its magenta surface. But that surface is not as bright as it originally was, having been faded by the elements. It has also been cracking and blistering in places. To fix these issues the NZTA are closing this important connection for just over a week starting next Wednesday to fix it. Auckland’s Lightpath cycleway will get its own special sunscreen application next month, to protect it from the …
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Assorted bike related news

Assorted bike related newsA few of bike related things from recent days. One Lightpath turns one in just over a week (December 3rd) and in its first year has seen over 200,000 bike trips across its magenta surface. So the other day it was fantastic to hear that it had won the transport category of the World Architecture Festival, and it looks like it had some strong competition. Awesome work from everyone who helped make this project a reality. Two Next, I’ve noticed of the last few years there has been almost no coverage from the paper of many of the important transport transformations that have been underway. They’ve ignored changes like the roll out of electric trains, cycleways and …
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Stunning Lightpath Timelapse

Lightpath is only 11 months old but already feels like an important part of Auckland’s fabric. As of the end of October nearly 200,000 trips by bike had been made over it and many more will have walked it. The path is great by day but perhaps even more impressive at night when then LEDs kick in and dance around, following users as they make their way across the structure. Here is a stunning timelapse video showing lightpath as the sun sets over Auckland by James Garman. The view from Hopetoun Bridge of Auckland’s CBD, this is about 1 hour condensed down into 30 seconds. To the left you can see …
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Cycling network effect in action

Lightpath and the Nelson St cycleway have already been fantastic additions to Auckland with the former already racking up more than 100,000 trips over its pink surface since opening in early December. When it opened one of the questions that may have been lingering over it was whether it would attracting new people on bikes or just divert people off other routes, especially other recently introduced routes such as Grafton Gully. Four months in and it looks like we can give a fairly good answer to that question. Auckland Transport now regularly release the figures from their growing collection of automated cycleway counters providing data as granularly as daily. There …
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