23 July 2010

More Bicycle Friendly Motorways

Motorway and Bike Lane
I was on a photo shoot for the Danish Cancer Society a couple of weeks ago. Cycling along the old defences of Copenhagen, taking pictures of recreational bicycle infrastructure. The Cancer Society is focusing a lot on cycling and exercise as preventative measures against cancer in this sedentary world.

The route took me over a motorway section that I'd only ever driven over in a car. Sjællands Bridge, which is the main motorway if you're heading to Sweden from Denmark. Needless to say there is a wide cycle track over the bridge. There are fewer commuters on this route during the week, compared to parallel cycle tracks along other motorways leading into the city, but the weather was nice - 35 degrees - and there were many people going for bike rides.

Soft Incline to Overpass
On either side of the bridge the bike route runs parallel but more separated by trees - it's a motorway for god's sake, who wants to ride next to it? - but above is a lovely detail. There is an overpass leading bicycles and pedestrians over the motorway. It is wonderfully designed. A long, sweeping arc that makes it an easy climb for all the different kinds of people on bicycles who use it, including children.

Brilliant, people-friendly design detail. They could have just cut it short and made it a sharper, steeper turn up to the overpass. But they didn't.

10 comments:

William said...

It's too bad that you didn't have the time to stop and investigate that location. There's an offramp from the bicyclelane between the two pillars of the bridge. If you take that exit, you'll see that there are beaches on each side of the bridge, that are only accessible by bicyclists and pedestrians.
Because so few people know about it, and no-one in a car can get there, you're guaranteed to have a large bit of the beach to yourself.

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Rubinsteinsvej+34,+2450,+K%C3%B8benhavn,+Denmark&ll=55.613432,12.507607&spn=0.002181,0.006866&t=h&z=18

Frits B said...

A lovely detail, indeed. Very Dutch I might say :-).

Branko Collin said...

Oooh, beaches for cyclists. Don't let the poor bicycle drivers hear it, they will have to claim through gritted teeth that this is just the gold with which we plate our cages.

Kevin Love said...

35 degrees is "nice"??!! Here in Toronto we've been experiencing far too much 35 degree weather this month. @#$%&^@!!! HOT is how most people feel about it.

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

We're a long way off from the 'bicycle friendly motorways' stage, but as you got a glimpse last weekend, Mikael, the Australian 'cycling-for-everybody' movement is starting to really agitate, and is certainly demanding to be listened too!!! YAY!!!

http://freedomcyclist.blogspot.com/2010/07/mike-rubbo-coup-de-bixi.html

kfg said...

@Sue - The new Malvern Star Cruistars look (with the possible exception of their chainguard, but then there's no accounting for taste) rather peachy. I might have to call China and try to convince them to send some of those puppies to NY. They'd go great with my (Australian made; here I just say no to China) Driza-Bone riding coat.

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

@kfg you're going to paint a picture in NY!! - love it!

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

@Ed-Steff-K Yes!!! - wish I was closer!

Bike Winston-Salem said...

I love how the entrance is designed to be used by all grades of cyclists. Simple yet super effect. Well done. The U.S. has so much to learn when it comes to designing infrastructure for all types of people.

kumar said...

Cancer Society is focusing a lot on cycling and exercise as preventative measures against cancer