A preferred option has been identified and the rest of the business case process will examine the option in more detail. The preferred option is a five metre wide path, built on separate piers, attached to the south side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge directly linking Westhaven to Northcote Point and connecting with the future SeaPath route.
The option meets the future demands of all bridge users and preserves the structural integrity of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The five metre width allows for separation between walkers and cyclists, making it safer and more enjoyable for all users.
The route includes areas to pause and sit and will have three generous viewing galleries. These galleries are terraced down from the cycleway to create a natural seating area, distinct from the cycleway. They are up to one hundred metres long and at their maximum 4.2 metres wide providing seating for both cyclists, pedestrians, tourists and other groups.
The path will have clear daytime and nighttime modes. The daytime mode creates a strong sculptural symbol for cycling across the harbor bridge while the night mode will use architectural lighting to shine an even greater spotlight on the iconic bridge structure.