A World’s First: Suspended Bicycle Roundabout in the Netherlands
Cycling enthusiasts out there, check out the world’s first suspended bicycle roundabout! Designed by Ipv Delft and located between the localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven and Meerhoven in the Netherlands, the project encourages a healthier living. The numbers spinning around this initiative are impressive: of a 70-metre (230 ft) tall central pylon, 24 steel cables and a circular bridge deck made out of approximately 1,000 tons of steel.
According to the architects, all cables are attached to the inner side of the bridge deck, right where the bridge deck connects to the circular counter weight. This way, torsion within the bridge deck is prevented. The project was resembled to “a flying saucer which hoovers above the Heerbaan-Meerenakkerweg intersection, its impressive pylon marking the entrance way to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven“. How would you comment on this suspended bicycle roundabout project? Be sure to also have a look at this cycling pavilion we featured on Freshome a while back!