Saturday, 28 November 2009
Nijmegen's big bridge for cyclists
Sometimes a really big link is required to make cycling convenient. This huge cycle bridge in Nijmegen is one of them, complete with escalators to help cyclists take a short cut.
Note the width of the bridge. It is wide enough to prevent conflict between cyclists travelling in opposite directions.
The bridge is known as the "snelbinder". This is a play on words. The elastic bungie straps that many Dutch people have to attach luggage to their bicycles racks are also called snelbinders, and the word suggests that it is something that provides a quick link. The main span is 235 metres long and the bridge reaches 26 metres in height.
There is a wikimedia photo on the left showing the escalator for bicycles. Click for a larger version. There are also some more photos of the bridge here.
Nijmegen is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands. The city has an urban population of 280000 people.
I previously featured a video showing town centre cycle parking in Nijmegen. Nijmegen is also the location of the largest bicycle museum in the Netherlands.
There are also escalators for bikes which run beside steps for people. However, the closest I've been able to find to a video showing these in use is this.
This blog post features one of Mark Wagenbuur's excellent videos
Why this isn't so important as you might think Exceptional infrastructure like this is always interesting to see, but what causes people to cycle in large numbers is the very tight network of everyday, but high quality, cycle routes.