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He Ara Kotahi hits 1 million users

Monday June 14 2021

The city’s newest landmark has been used more than a million times, far surpassing predicted user numbers.

Photo shows two pairs of walkers crossing the bridge, with another person biking across it.

Were you on the bridge between 8.30am and 8.45am on Monday 31 May?

He Ara Kotahi hit the magic million on Monday 31 May – one week before its second birthday on 7 June.

The business case for the pathway estimated at most 1000 users a day. With an average of 11 thousand users a week, He Ara Kotahi is twice as popular as expected.

PNCC Parks and Reserves Manager Kathy Dever-Tod says it’s likely a million users was actually reached a long time ago.

“For the first six months our tracker recorded groups, rather than individuals, so we know the user numbers from that period were likely significantly higher. The tracker is also located on the main bridge, so people entering from the Linton end of the pathway and not reaching the main bridge, or entering from Massey University/Food HQ and travelling to Linton would not be counted.”

She says it’s an exciting achievement, regardless of when it was reached.

“We’ve seen how much our residents adore our new pathway. It is the scene of engagements, weddings, events, and has become a landmark for tourists too. It’s also bringing more people into our river park, helping achieve the key goal of our Manawatū River Framework to see more people at our awa each year.”

Search is on for the millionth user

Palmerston North City Council and More FM Manawatū 92.2FM are teaming up to find the millionth user.

The millionth use occurred between 8.30am and 8.45am on Monday 31 May.

If you were on the main bridge at that time, then make sure you are first to call More FM Manawatū tomorrow morning when they talk about this exciting news to be in to win a major prize pack. The Breakfast show will be asking you to prove you were there, so start gathering your evidence!