Bike-friendly and pedestrian bridges provide safe and efficient gateways across rivers, parks, and roads all over the world. They allow people to enjoy the freedom of travelling comfortably at their own speed and away from cars, encouraging folks of all ages to pick up their bikes, get some exercise, and can breathe some fresh air. We have compiled a list of 6 great bridges that are friendly to both people and their bicycles: Included here are beautifully modern viaducts running across rivers, a melody-maker path for playing some tunes while riding, and even a magnificent path that seems to float over a busy road in The Netherlands.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava‘s Peace Bridge goes across the Bow River in Calgary, Canada. Implemented by the city’s Council to promote healthy transportation, its helical design wraps a modern, bike-friendly viaduct.
Seoul-based Yeon Jae Won + Soo Jeong Heo envisioned a musical bridge that plays tunes whenever a bicycle rolls over it. Shortlisted for Designboom’s Seoul Cycle Design Competition, this melody maker adds a new dimension to city biking.
Dutch Next Architects designed a 2-way bridge that arches dramatically over a canal connecting the new and old part of the city of Purmerend, in The Netherlands. Melkwegbridge can be crossed on foot via the arch, or by bike on its lower, Z-shaped path.
London-based studio Mc Dowell + Benedetti‘s River Hull Bridge rotates to open or close without interfering with river traffic. Prefab yet majestic, it will soon accommodate garden areas for pedestrians and bikers to enjoy, while they wait for it to move so they can jump on it and ride to the other shore.
Spanish architect Dominique Perrault designed a spiralling Argenzuela Footbridge that crosses the Manzanares River in Madrid. Its intricate metallic design allows sunshine and rain to pass through while allowing pedestrians and cyclists to see through at the luscious park below.
Dutch engineering specialists IPV Delft‘s amazing Hovenring seems to float above a busy roundabout at the edge of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven. Taking urban biking to a whole new level, this unique bike path was designed to reduce congestion on the road below, while making cycling safer and definitely much more fun.