“Magenta” is totally a legit colour; look it up !
It’s NOT pink.
Look at this Sydney, look at what Auckland has done.
This week the 100,000th commuter crossed the stunning new Nelson Street cycleway, named Te Ara I Whiti, Maori for "the Lightpath".
Cyclists and pedestrians now have no trouble crossing the motorway and continuing on via a revamped off-ramp ( a revampramp ?) which had been in disuse for a decade.
The newly revamped Nelson Street off-ramp includes a string of interactive lights along one side which react as you ride or walk past, and these are proving to be a big attraction during the evenings.
The pathway has an initially controversial but quite frankly gorgeous magenta surface with large scale Māori designs, including a 140 square-metre koru pattern at the northern end.
The project team worked with Māori artist Katz Maihi and iwi throughout the design stages to ensure the path has a distinctly New Zealand identity. NZ are so good at this sort of inclusive planning. In contrast, ask yourself what Sydney’s distinct identity is ? No, really?
The path was opened on 3 December by Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Councillor Chris Darby, Bike Auckland's Barbara Cuthbert and children from nearby Freeman's Bay Primary.
Representatives from the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport also attended the opening.
One of the most pleasing things about the project is how little time it took from inception to delivery. While the 2012 City Centre Master Plan suggested making use of the disused motorway off-ramp for a New York High Line type development, nothing was actively happening until a little over 18 months ago when Max from Bike Auckland wrote a blog post suggesting a temporary bridge to access the old off-ramp linked to a cycleway down Nelson Street.
Yes, a mere 18 months from suggestion to opening.
“This is a moment to celebrate," says Auckland Council urban design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid, "A celebration of a youthful, innovative and progressive city where people and mobility are key factors to unlocking the potential of Auckland.
"What better way to move away from our ‘city of cars' brand to become a ‘city for people’ by repurposing a redundant motorway off-ramp in such a fun, dynamic and colourful way.
“The project sends a powerful message about our desire to be the world's most liveable city. Cycling the magenta superhighway will soon become a must-do activity for Aucklanders and visitors alike.”
The project was a partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, as part of a three-year $200 million programme of investment in cycling to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike.
The route for people on bikes continues down a separated cycleway on Nelson Street as far as Victoria Street, the second phase will extend to Quay Street and is scheduled to open in mid-2016.