Left hooked at Nelson Street

Left hooked at Nelson StreetTo many Aucklanders on bikes, the Nelson Street Cycleway – while not pretty – represents “how a proper cycleway should be” when it comes to protecting you from traffic. The solid, wide separators allow you the peace of mind to ride on one of the largest and busiest streets of our city, and to take your …
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Nelson St Phase 3 – linking Lightpath to the waterfront!

Nelson St Phase 3 - linking Lightpath to the waterfront!The last cycleway gap north of Nelson Street is about to be closed, and Lightpath will finally have a proper connection to the waterfront! After much discussion of possible routes, Auckland Transport has settled on a tidy zig-zag: up the west side of Market Place (hooking into the future Westhaven route), then along the north …
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Nelson St Phase 2 gets underway!

Nelson St Phase 2 gets underway!Sailing down Nelson St on the protected cycleway is fun… until you reach the current ‘end of the road’ at Victoria St. Good news: work begins this week on Phase 2 of the Nelson St Cycleway, and should be completed by September 2017! This is not only a major step towards completing a full safe cycleway loop around the central city, linking …
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Beefed-up buffers – new protection for bike lanes

Beefed-up buffers - new protection for bike lanesSt Lukes Rd is getting its promised bike lane buffers at the moment, and the response has been instant and positive. ‘Upgrade to substandard St Lukes bike lane starts‘ was the headline in local papers. The rubber bumpers and hit posts will run on both sides of the road, from just below the motorway interchange, to just after the …
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A sweet, sweet milestone for Lightpath: 100,000 bike trips!

A sweet, sweet milestone for Lightpath: 100,000 bike trips!Yesterday was a major milestone for the pink path – and it happened sooner than anyone predicted! We hear next week was the anticipated timing for the 100,000th trip across Lightpath… but after an even busier Easter than imagined (an average of a thousand trips a day!), the celebrations were quickly brought forward. So satisfying to hit …
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Tickled pink – highlights from Lightpath’s early days

Tickled pink - highlights from Lightpath's early daysToday marks three weeks since we relaunched as Bike Auckland; and nearly two weeks since Lightpath/ Te Ara I Whiti opened, along with the first stage of the connecting Nelson St bike lanes. The official opening ceremony on Thursday 3 December (see our photo album here) was memorable not just for the pink-themed outfits, and the little bike superheros, …
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Pink Frost: meet the team who put the icing on the Nelson St cake

Pink Frost: meet the team who put the icing on the Nelson St cakeWhen Kyle Donegan turned up at the Bike Auckland launch party last week, he handed me a small box containing a handful of glittery pink stuff. A little bit sandy, a little bit sparkly, it looked like fairy dust. And it might as well be – it’s a sample of the recycled glass aggregate that, when …
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Think Pink this Thursday, from dawn to dusk – everything you need to know about the Nelson St opening

Think Pink this Thursday, from dawn to dusk – everything you need to know about the Nelson St openingPink puns will be in overload this week as we count down to the opening of Nelson St’s spectacular pink pathway and protected bike lanes [and, fingers crossed, the announcement of the Official Name!]. Read on for everything you need to know about opening day, Thursday 3rd December. I know, I know… we can’t wait …
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First hoon on Nelson – ride with us!

First hoon on Nelson – ride with us!Lights, colour, action! Thursday December 3rd marks the official opening of the Nelson Street bike path. Bike Auckland (aka Cycle Action) invite all people on two wheels (or three, or one) to come up and be the first to see the amazing design and infrastructure collaboration lit up in all its night-time glory. This is …
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Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emerges

Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emergesThe last pieces of the Canada St bridge were slotted into place last night: a complete connection to the old Nelson St offramp, not much over a year since it was first dreamed up. And soon enough, we’ll be riding it! This stunning animation, just released, gives you a sense of what it will look and feel like. …
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Lights, colour, action – the Nelson St design revealed! (Now, what shall we call it?)

Lights, colour, action - the Nelson St design revealed! (Now, what shall we call it?)Red-hot news, or should we say, hot-pink news! The first official images of the Nelson St design have been released. Remember that the public consultation resulted in two strong directives: “modern” and “distinctly New Zealand.” And as you can see from the images released today, the colour – disco pink? fuchsia? magenta! – is unashamedly modern, brilliantly artificial. It’s certainly eye-catching. From …
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Nelson St cycleway, Phase 2 – consultation closes next Monday!

Consultation opens today on Phase 2 of the Nelson St cycleway. Phase 1 is of course NZTA’s spectacular bridge + flyover connection which loops down from Upper Queen St, along Canada St, onto the old off-ramp, and emerging at Union St, whereupon Auckland Transport pics up the baton and runs with it down the west side of Nelson …
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The Nelson St transformation ramps up – steel yourself for something special!

The Nelson St transformation ramps up – steel yourself for something special!Amazing things are happening right under our noses. Over in Waterview, for example, it’s pretty clear something big is under way: towering columns soar skywards like an auto-age Acropolis, and you can see people and machines hard at work along the causeway. But visible progress on the transformation of the old Nelson St offramp into a pedestrian and cycling skyway has been scant… …
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Here comes the Canada St bridge – piece by piece!

Here comes the Canada St bridge - piece by piece!Check out these stunning photos (via NZTA) of the first two pieces of the Canada St bridge arriving on site. This gorgeous serpentine structure will be a crucial connection to the revamped Nelson St flyover for bikes and pedestrians. The bridge has been constructed offsite in seven pieces, which are being delivered to the site and installed …
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Have your say on the Nelson St cycleway design – but be quick!

Have your say on the Nelson St cycleway design - but be quick!Last chance – submissions close 22 June! Calling all artistically inclined bike people, with a flair for colour and an eye for opportunity… Remember when this fabulous art installation put bikes on the disused Nelson St offramp, in 2013? Well, the project to reclaim that space for bikes and pedestrians is seriously under way. The pilings are already being built for the …
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