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Lightpath & the Nelson Street cycleway

Learn how you can ride Te Ara I Whiti, the pink lightpath, and the first part of the Nelson Street cycleway, from Upper Queen Street to Victoria Street.

About this route

Te Ara I Whiti and the Nelson Street cycleway offer a safe way of getting from Upper Queen Street, down the west side of busy Nelson Street, to Victoria Street West. There are plans to extend the cycleway down to Quay Street. Read more about the Nelson Street cycleway project.

The route provides access to:

Te Ara i Whiti, the lightpath, lit up at night.

Features

  • Architecturally designed Canada Street Bridge
  • Te Ara I Whiti, the light path - a magenta-coloured path along the Nelson Street off-ramp, which includes a string of interactive lights along one side.
  • A drinking station to refill bottles.
  • A 3m wide cycleway, with a physical separation, typically 1m wide, from general traffic lane vehicles.
  • Cycle-crossing facilities (with cycle traffic signals) at intersections to enable cyclists to cross separately.

Who can use the route

Both cyclists, skaters, scooters and pedestrians may use Te Ara I Whiti, the light path.

The protected cycle lane down Nelson Street is for cyclists only and is a two-way cycleway.

Accessing Te Ara I Whiti, the pink lightpath

You can join Te Ara I Whiti from the intersection of Canada Street and Upper Queen Street in the CBD and from the motorway junction at Union Street.

Accessing the Nelson Street cycleway

You can enter the Nelson Street cycleway (phase 1) from these locations:

  • The intersection of Union Street and Nelson Street.
  • The intersection of Cook Street and Nelson Street.
  • The intersection of Wellesley Street West and Nelson Street.
  • The intersection of Victoria Street West and Nelson Street.