Come and celebrate Auckland's pink path turning two

by Vomle Springford / 29 November, 2017
It’s pretty obvious we love the pink path, aka Te Ara I Whiti (‘Lightpath’ in Māori), but who doesn’t? It’s a bold, award-winning piece of architecture that transformed the redundant Nelson Street motorway off-ramp into a people-friendly space.

Since the path – which is part of the Nelson Street Cycleway – was opened in 2015, the average number of cycle trips on Nelson Street has increased from 37 to 337 per day. Now that it’s turning two, Bike Auckland (BA), a group of advocates for a more bike-friendly Auckland, is throwing a block party.

The free, family-friendly evening will have entertainers, music, art, and bike fun, plus Mercury Plaza’s car park will become an open-air food court and there’ll be a Brothers Beer pop-up beer garden.

We asked Jolisa Gracewood, BA’s communications manager a couple of questions about the festival.

Why is Bike Auckland throwing a party for the pink path?

In the two years since Lightpath/Te Ara i Whiti opened, it’s become a worldwide symbol of Auckland. What could be more rad than turning a chunk of old motorway into a futuristic pink pathway? And now, you can swoop safely on a bike down Nelson Street to the waterfront, looping back up Grafton Gully, or heading out along the water in both directions – the connections are growing.

A lot of our work happens in rooms or on screens: campaigning, consulting, getting people round the table to make things happen. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the results. This festival is our gift to Aucklanders.

What can people expect?

The festival offers a chance to celebrate the fun and potential of traffic-free spaces. The action will roam all evening along the pink path and Canada Street, creating one epic block party, with a musical parade at 6pm. Local businesses are literally coming to the party by transforming their carparks and the street out front into one grand piazza where people can eat, drink, dance, shop and play.

Sat 2 Dec, 5-10pm, Canada St entrance to Te Ara I Whiti, K’ Rd precinct

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