The soft, orange tarmac and curvy bends of the 190 m long bicycle
bridge was well received by the approximately 12,000 cyclists in their daily commute between Copenhagen
’s Islands Brygge neighborhoods and the down-town Vesterbro district.
Previously, cyclists transiting this area were left no other option than getting off their bike and carrying it up a flight of stairs before they could continue on their route. The new, elevated bicycle track not only provides a quick route through the area, it also provides a novel experience of biking on water in first floor height – encouraging more cycling through easier infrastructure for the more than 650,000 bikes in Copenhagen.
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Designed by architecture company DISSING+WEITLING
and engineered by Ramboll
, the steel structure of the curved bridge covers 190 meters and rises 6-7 meters above the water. Furthermore, a 30 meter ramp serves a dual purpose by acting as a unique canopy over the underlying wharf in addition to serving its main purpose. Total cost for the bridge was approximately EUR 4.3 million and connecting routes are Bryggebroen/Havneholmen with Kalvebod Brygge/Dybbølsbro.
Creating the world’s best city for bikes by 2015
Copenhagen’s ambitious goal for 2015 is that 50% of all who work in Copenhagen commute by bike. Copenhagen’s bicycle strategy contains the initiatives and plans, which pave for this goal, by providing the way for long-term guidelines and overriding priorities within the bicycle area. The initiatives and plans are intended to help Copenhagen reach the goal to become the world’s best city for bikes.
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The bike strategy plays a pivotal role in sparing the environment for CO2 emissions and is a vital part of Copenhagen’s ambition to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025.