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The bicycle skyway in Xiamen, China

With a vision to inspire people to prioritize the green alternative, the bicycle, instead of the car, Xiamen has constructed a record-breaking 7.6-kilometer elevated skyway for bicycles in the central part of the city.

During the past decade, DISSING+WEITLING has worked on a number of projects that focused particularly on bicycle strategies, green initiatives and urban development. Amongst the most well-known and highly publicized is the award-winning project The Cycle Serpent and The Super Bicycle Pathways in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bearing on the success of these projects, DISSING+WEITLING has been much sought after internationally, today having on-going projects functioning as expert consultants on bicycle strategies all over the world.

As in most Chinese cities, Xiamen’s infrastructure is solely focused on cars and buses, which makes it very difficult and hazardous to bicycle along the city’s main arterial routes. To encourage bicycling, The City of Xiamen – located in southeastern China – has set out to develop a better bicycle environment in the central part of the city. As part of this long time bicycle strategy, together with the City we developed the idea of establishing an 8-km long bicycle skyway on raised platforms running along and underneath the city’s existing overhead BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) skyway in the central part of the city. The vision for the new skyway is to inspire people to prioritize the green alternative, the bicycle, instead of the car.

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