The number of bikes in our cities is increasing, and with that increase we’re also seeing some major changes in the way cities are designed. Engineers are giving bikes their own bridges, tunnels, overpasses, even escalators!, making biking feel like it’s an essential, permanent part of the cities.
Last week, Copenhagen announced an elevated cycleway for the Øresund Bridge, an existing bridge which connects the city to Malmö, Sweden. It’s the second longest bridge in Europe, and at about eight miles long, will likely be the longest dedicated bike bridge in the world. That’s a serious commitment to the cyclists in the region, but also to the health and well-being for all residents.
Not too many places have managed to integrate freeways and cyclists with success, but leave it to The Netherlands to find a solution. The Hovenring, which was finished in 2013, is a floating steel suspension deck that allows bikes to travel up and over the busy highway. The resulting structure is not only useful, but absolutely beautiful, too.
– a collection of big British businesses including Living Streets, GSK, the AA, Sky, Virgin Trains and National Grid, representing over 250,000 employees – has called on George Osborne to put meaningful investment into active travel, including walking and cycling, in order to boost productivity by creating a healthier workforce.