It has been there a couple of years now and is starting to look a little worse for wear. In places it has been resurfaced - poorly:
And along its length, tree routes are beginning to make for a bumpy ride:
In other countries it might be considered a bit of an embarrassment but it is the best we have.
It is in the same style as some German paths that in reality are part of the pavement and which are often the subject of complaints. This example is in Berlin:
and this one is in Cologne:
Pictures borrowed from Hamburgize
Our path is not too far from one of the entrances to the Linear Park route and so it likely gets traffic from there as well as the route through the parklands from Botanic Drive. I would hazard a guess that some people purposely make it part of their route into the city because of its design. I know I do.
Over the course of its life it has improved too. Now there is a proper treatment when it reaches North Terrace whereas before it would just come to an end on the pavement:
It also shows that we do not have to follow whatever set of design guidelines is in vogue. Instead, we can try new and different things and see if what has worked elsewhere could work here too, which in the case of the Frome Street lane, it plainly does. I am very pleased to see the English are trying what for them are new things although in reality they have been tried and tested elsewhere for decades.
Now that we've seen this working for a while and given its crumbling quality, is it not time for a bit of an upgrade? And an extension to other city streets while we're at it?