Auckland's Harbour Bridge and the Northern Busway will be open to cyclists in a historic cycle event later this year.
The TelstraClear Challenge on December 11 was launched by Mayor Len Brown today and will see cyclists given access to the bridge and Northern Busway for the first time.
The New Zealand Transport Agency says the event could develop into a permanent high profile cycling event for the city.
"We are aware of the interest from cyclists wanting to cross the bridge, and we're delighted that we are able to say 'yes" to a properly organised community event that has the added bonus of a ride on the busway as well," says the NZTA's Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Stephen Town.
"The NZTA hopes that if the cycle challenge is successful it will become an exciting addition to the city's calendar, just like the marathon, and enhance Auckland's reputation as an events capital."
The two outer southbound lanes of the bridge will be closed until mid-morning on the Sunday of the event so that cyclists starting from the Westhaven Marina can cross the harbour and join the Northern Busway.
Organisers will have to have the lanes re-opened before traffic volumes increase in late morning.