18 June 2014

Copenhageners Test-Drive The Bicycle Snake

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The long-due first elevated cycle track of Copenhagen is not finished yet but already used and appreciated by bicycle users... and pedestrians.

The new bicycle infrastructure named "the snake" is still under construction but every day but, when workers are gone, citizens find a way to test it and most of all to benefit from the shortcut to reach their destination. They avoid doing a detour all around the boring shopping mall. Actually, due to the works, the former space used by the cyclists under the new bridge is closed. This is clearly confirming the need for this almost-fixed missing link between Bryggebroen and Dybbølsbro. Users are impatient to get back their shortcut, blocked during the works. So they push aside fences and squeeze themselves and their bicycles through the narrow gaps.

Generally speaking, developing a good network for the cyclists is a lot about creating the relevant shortcuts thought the city. In general, Danes respect the road signs, but when it comes to forcing them to make a more than 800 m. detour on their daily commute for over 2 months, the bicycle users disagree.

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After a first ride on the newly orange surface, I can say that cycling on this infrastructure is a new kind of urban experience. Coming from Dybbølsbro after turning right and then waving through the buildings, the view opens up on the Copenhagen harbor: an urban landscape made up of glass, water and sun reflections.

We're looking forward to getting this bridge definitely open and to see how the Municipality will rearranged the connections around this infrastructure. While waiting for it, you can have a look at the Copenhagenize's suggestions.

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3 comments:

Lasse said...

I'm happy for the people crossing the area on the snake.

I do hope though, that they're going to fix the infrastructure UNDERNEATH the snake and across Bryggebroen as well.

I cross the water on Bryggebroen and have to go under the snake to reach my place of work on Kalvebod Brygge.

The passageway underneath the snake and the coble stones on the Islands Brygge side of Bryggebroen are very, very, very bumpy on a cargo bike.

The lack of division between pedestrian and cycle area, and in some places clearly wrong division, makes it daunting to navigate.

Sometimes it feels like they make it up as they go along, without a proper analysis first.

Well, this is still an improvement!

liquid-center.de liquid-center.de said...

My jealous greetings from Hamburg (Germany)! Here, people are struggling with bike infrastructure, which is mostly older than 30 years.

Matthias

liquid-center.de liquid-center.de said...

This is what I meant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBIwiZ8dQjI

The video is not from me, but typical for Hamburg's bicycle infrastructure.