published in sb 4/2018
On your bike!
Copenhagen-based DISSING+WEITLING architecture have designed an almost 8-km-long bicycle bridge in the central part of the Chinese city of Xiamen. The skyway exclusively for bicycles is not only the first of its kind in China, for it also happens to be the world’s longest.
In order to decrease traffic congestion and to promote greener and more sustainable forms of transport, the city of Xiamen in China’s south-eastern Fujian province is now claiming its first ‘cycle skyway’ – a 7.6-kilometre-long cycling route that runs 5 m above the road and below the bus rapid transit line in the city centre. The elevated bicycle skyway is 4.8 m wide and is served by pedestrian bridges, ramps, roundabouts, bicycle parking, bicycle service pavilions, and points of interest. Construction was completed in record time, and the bridge started trial operation in 2017 in time for the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Efficient, easy, and fun for short commutes
The bicycle is regaining popularity among China’s urbanites, mostly due to the omnipresent traffic jams, although many are also appreciative of its health and environmental benefits. Not to mention that using the bike is an efficient, easy, and fun way of getting around in the cities, especially for short commutes.
China‘s first ‘bike lane in the sky’ covers Xiamen‘s five major residential areas and three business centres. It provides the city’s commuters with easy access to public transport such as bus and BRT stations, flyovers, shopping malls, and public buildings along the 7.6-kilometre route, which has eleven entry and exit points along the way.