xiamen bicycle skyway

Xiamen Bicycle Skyway

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Xiamen Bicycle Skyway
Elevated bicycle pathway along the BRT route (public bus skyway), pedestrian bridges, ramps, roundabouts, bicycle parking, bicycle service pavilions, points of interest.

Xiamen, China
2016-2017

Completed

Total lenght: 7,600 m
Width: 4.8 m

Client: The City Government of Xiamen, Xiamen Municipal Planning and Design Administration
Architect: DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Contractor: CSCEC Steel Structure
Engineer: JSTI Engineering

Renderings: DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Photos: Ma Weiwei

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Xiamen Bicycle Skyway
Cykelbro langs eksisterende BRT rute (bushøjbane) inklusiv fodgængerbroer, tilkørselsramper, rundkørsler, overdækket cykelparkering, servicepavilloner og udsigtspunkter.

Xiamen, Kina
2016-2017

Opført

Længde: 7.600 m
Bredde: 4,8 m

Bygherre: The City Government of Xiamen, Xiamen Municipal Planning and Design Administration
Arkitekt: DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Entreprenør: CSCEC Steel Structure
Ingeniør: JSTI Engineering

Visualiseringer: DISSING+WEITLING architecture
Fotografier: Ma Weiwei

Xiamen Bicycle Skyway

With a vision to inspire people to prioritize the green alternative, the bicycle, instead of the car, Xiamen has constructed a record-breaking 7.6-kilometre elevated skyway for bicycles in the central part of the city. 

During the past decade, DISSING+WEITLING has worked on a number of projects that focused particularly on bicycle strategies, green initiatives and urban development. Amongst the most well-known and highly publicized is the award-winning project The Bicycle Snake and The Super Bicycle Pathways in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bearing on the success of these projects, DISSING+WEITLING has been much sought after internationally, today having on-going projects functioning as expert consultants on bicycle strategies all over the world.

As in most Chinese cities, Xiamen’s infrastructure is solely focused on cars and buses, which makes it very difficult and hazardous to bicycle along the city’s main arterial routes. To encourage bicycling, The City of Xiamen - located in Southeast China - has set out to develop a better bicycle environment in the central part of the city. As part of this long time bicycle strategy, together with the city, we developed the idea of establishing an 8-kilometre long bicycle skyway on raised platforms running along and underneath the city's existing overhead BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) skyway in the central part of the city. The vision for the new skyway is to inspire people to prioritize the green alternative, the bicycle, instead of the car.

The result is China’s first suspended bicycle path and the world’s longest aerial bicycle lane. The aerial cycle way is a 4.8-metre wide four-lane carriageway stretching for 7.6 kilometres. It covers the city's five major residential areas and three business centers. There are 11 entries on the path, which will connect with 11 bus stations and two subway stations. Xiamen’s commuters do not have to have a bike to use the system, as it comes with 355 bicycles for hire, and has 253 parking spaces for private bikes on seven platforms.

As a result of the close collaboration between the city, DISSING+WEITLING and the contractor, CSCEC Steel Structure, the skyway for bicycles was designed and completed in only six months. The record breaking bike lane is operated by the Xiamen City Public Bicycle Management Company and ready for use by the city’s 3.5-million citizens in early 2017. 

Project presentation (low res 10 mb pdf)