Architecture firm DISSING+WEITLING recently completed the Bicycle Snake Bridge, an elevated cyclist corridor that makes cycling through a portion of Copenhagen safer and faster. Like many high-density cities, the commute of an urban cyclist can be tough: if you're not dodging aggressive drivers, there are inattentive pedestrians to watch out for. That's why the Municipality of Copenhagen asked D+W to design and build a winding ramp and bridge to elevate cyclists above the city streets and away from pedestrian pathways.
The area around the Fisketorvet shopping center is a hotspot for pedestrian-cyclist conflicts, particularly in the summertime. In addition to the lack of separation between cyclists and pedestrians, a combination of blind corners, stairs, and pathways that require 90-degree turns exacerbate the problem. DISSING+WEITLING chose to create an elevated and ramped bridge as the most practical solution. Since each supporting column was placed just 55 feet apart, construction of the bridge was fairly quick.
Painted in a bright orange hue, the eye-catching two-way bicycle bridge snakes through Copenhagen, connecting Kalvebod Brygge to Island Brygge. The 771-foot-long winding bridge rises 18 feet from the street-level entrance at Havneholmen and continues along Fisketorvet towards the shopping center’s main entrance. The space underneath the nearly 100-foot-long ramp can also be used as a sheltered recreational space. Built-in lighting illuminates the orange bridge, creating a particularly dramatic effect at night.
Images via DISSING+WEITLING