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A most friendly snake and an international bike icon

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The Bicycle Snake was honored with the prestigious Icon Award at this year’s Danish Design Awards. The Icon Award is given to an outstanding concept or solution that has become an icon of Danish design and an icon internationally. Danish Design Awards is a joint creation of the Danish Design Centre and the alliance of design professionals, Design denmark.

»From day one, Copenhageners loved the gently curving cycle bridge with the impressive views. The elegant and empathic solution lets cyclists cross the harbour in a safe and dignified manner, underlining the city’s profile as a sustainable metropolis with a pedal-powered profile. A visionary example of architecture that builds connections and does the entire city proud.«

Celebrating the difference design can make, the jury of this year’s Danish Design Awards had little doubt about what project should win their special award, the honorary Icon Award. With its clever urban adaptation, harmonic flow and elegant structure, The Bicycle Snake has become an icon for Copenhagen’s status as the world’s leading bicycle city and a symbol of the Danish capital’s praised urban qualities.

The media covered the event extensively with articles in Politiken, Berlingske, TV2 Lorry and ArchDaily, one of the leading international architecture blogs.

Bicycle bridges enrich Copenhagen and society as a whole

According to a recent report published by the City of Copenhagen there are several benefits of improving bicycle infrastructure with projects such as The Bicycle Snake, including how it enhances mobility in a dense city and saves people time. In addition, three out of four users experience increased comfort because of The Bicycle Snake.

When it comes to aesthetic enhancement, the bridge has also had a large impact for the city, becoming an urban icon and an attraction in itself. The City of Copenhagen has a goal of becoming the best bicycle city in the world and is, at the same time, striving to become CO2 neutral by 2025. In both cases, The Bicycle Snake and the city’s other bicycle bridges are contributing comprehensively in reaching these goals.

New bicycle bridges underway

As a part of the plan of becoming both CO2 neutral by 2025 and the world’s best bicycle city, the City of Copenhagen is planning to extend and improve the existing bicycle infrastructure, including building several new bicycle bridges. A handful is already underway and Dissing+Weitling is at this time involved in two of them, having designed the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Folehaven in southwestern Copenhagen, which will open next year, and a bridge over Artillerivej at Islands Brygge in the southern part of Copenhagen’s harbour area, which will be completed in 2020.

Dissing+Weitling has designed some of the most iconic and praised bicycle bridges in Copenhagen for more than a decade, including The Bicycle Snake, The Quay Bridge and Åbuen Bridge. Furthermore, the spectacular 8-km Xiamen Bicycle Skyway in China opened last spring, with more international bicycle infrastructure projects already in the pipeline.

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