As urban areas across the globe continue to turn their focus toward cycling as both a means of improving mobility, as well as a critical step to reducing environmental population, many European cities have undertaken major cycling infrastructure projects to accomplish this goal.
Here are ten of the most intriguing and elaborate cycling infrastructure projects from around Europe.
8 House, Copenhagen, Denmark
People residing in this building can cycle from their front door (up to 10 floors up) down to the ground without ever having to get off their bikes. The cycle path runs at the heart of this development.
Melkwegbridge, Purmerend, Netherlands
Melkwegbridge separates cyclists and pedestrians, but still allows easy passage for boats. The 12-meter-high arch ensures pedestrian access remains uninterrupted while boats can pass under it, and the cycling deck can be split in two.
Hovenring, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Perhaps the most fascinating form of cycling infrastructure is the circular Hovering bridge in the Netherlands, which connects a handful of paths that extend throughout the area.
San Sebastian Bicycle Tunnel, Spain
This world’s longest bicycle underpass was opened in 2009. Made out of a former railway tunnel, it connects two parts of the city which were previously impassable by bike.
Peace Bridge, Calgary, Canada
A wide bike lane runs down the centre of the 126-meter-long Peace Bridge. With the glass ‘leaves’ filling the top section, it is truly an amazing structure.
Bike Autobahn, Germany
The ultimately 60-mile-long bicycle Autobahn should connect a region of 10 cities. 10 percent of all trips are already made by bike in Germany, and the number is expected to rise even higher.
The Bicycle Snake, Copenhagen, Denmark
The 235-meter bike path bridges the gap between two popular areas of Copenhagen. It’s estimated that 12,500 cyclists pass there every day.
Protected cycling network, Vancouver, Canada
10 percent of people in Vancouver commute to work on bicycles. What lies behind the massive improvement? The unique protected cycling network.
Utrecht Centraal Station, Netherlands
4,200 bicycles can be accommodated in the area around central station. The facility is hidden under the stairs leading to the new station hall, and parking is free.
Glow-in-the-dark bicycle path, Lidzbark, Poland
This unique path incorporates luminophore. This synthetic material lights up in bright blue when charged by sunlight.
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