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Bicycle bridges enrich Copenhagen and society as a whole

A new report published by the City of Copenhagen makes it clear that the city’s many bicycle bridges are a socio-economic success. They make Copenhagen even more attractive to bicyclists and benefit society both economically and environmentally. Several future bicycle bridges in Copenhagen are already in the pipeline - of which DISSING+WEITLING has already designed two.

The Danish newspaper Politiken and online media BygTek has recently brought articles about the benefits of Copenhagen’s bicycle infrastructure. According to a new report published by the City of Copenhagen there are several benefits of projects such as The Bicycle Snake, including how it enhances bicyclists’ mobility and saves them time. In addition, one in two feel safer and three out of four experience increased comfort because of The Bicycle Snake.

When it comes to aesthetic enhancement, the bridge has also had a large impact, becoming a visual 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 other bicycle bridges are contributing comprehensively in reaching these goals.

Time saving and CO2 reducing

When it comes to the socio-economic benefits of The Bicycle Snake, the most notable fact is that the socio-economic return of the bridge is nine percent, which is high compared to other large infrastructure projects such as the Metro City Ring, just to name an example. The reason for this remarkable return is that The Bicycle Snake creates a daily time saving of 380 hours and at the same time reduces Copenhagen’s CO2 emissions by 87 tons each year.

In relation, it has been known for a long time that Bryggebroen, or The Quay Bridge, also designed by Dissing+Weitling, is so time saving that the socio-economic savings exceeds the construction costs. Furthermore, The Bicycle Snake has only enhanced the use of The Quay Bridge since it is its natural extension. The Quay Bridge crosses the harbour of Copenhagen from Islands Brygge to Havneholmen from where The Bicycle Snake takes over, leading bicyclists to Vesterbro and making it easier to get through the city.

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 be completed 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 been designing 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 Xiamen Bicycle Skyway in China opened this spring, with more bicycle infrastructure projects to come.

For more information: Politiken and BygTek.

Video: Visit Copenhagen.