Auckland's hot pink Lightpath cycleway not so pink anymore
Auckland's $18 million Lightpath cycleway has lost its shine a year after opening.
The hot pink city cycleway is built on a former motorway ramp and allows cyclists and pedestrians to connect from Auckland's upper Queen Street to Nelson St.
It celebrated its one year anniversary on December 3 looking a little more dull than when it first opened.
When asked about its colour fading a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) spokeswoman said a UV product used in surfacing the cycleway had "bonding issues".
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"Very wet weather at the time the surface was laid is believed to have caused some bonding issues and this will be fixed during the maintenance work," the spokeswoman said.
Transport Blog editor Matt Lowrie said he had noticed the hot pink had started to fade.
"I was at it the other night and it does seem to me that it was duller than it has in the past," Lowrie said.
"At the Canada St bridge that connects to the Lightpath I have also noticed there seems to be some areas where the surface looks to be breaking up a little," he said.
In its first year 200,000 cycle trips were recorded on the Lightpath.
It was recently awarded the top prize in the Transport - Completed Building Category at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.
The Lightpath was a joint project between Auckland Council and NZTA.
The NZTA spokeswoman said Auckland Transport would be responsible for maintaining the Lightpath early next year.
"The surfacing of the Lightpath will be refreshed and UV protected in the new year as part of ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure," the spokeswoman said.