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The Gallery | The world’s best cycling infrastructure

The world’s urban infrastructure is being transformed by cycling – and these changes have been showcased in a new book.

Velo City examines how bicycle-related design has become one of the most innovative infrastructure design fields, as cities help cyclists to ride, store, and share their bicycles.

The book by London-based Gavin Blyth, published by Random House, looks at a wide range of projects, from bike sharing schemes to bridges.

The cover shows the Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada. The 126m single-span bridge uses an open double helix structure, with glass ‘leaves’ filling the top section to give protection against the elements. The 2.5m-wide bicycle lane runs down the centre of the bridge, with pedestrian paths on either side.

The projects featured in the photo gallery are as follows:

Ågade Bridge, Copenhagen, Denmark

This overpass for cyclists and pedestrians is part of a longer green cycle route in Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

Photo (c) Dissing + Weitling

Arganzuela footbridge, Madrid, Spain

The Arganzuela is the longest in a series of bridges planned for Madrid’s Manzanares Park, a new recreation area.

Photo (c) Georges Fessy / DPA / Adagp (p36-37), Ayuntamiento de Madrid / DPA / Adagp

Bike Fixtation – Public Work Stands, Various Locations, USA

These self-service bike repair stations include a vending machine with essentials such as inner tubes and lights. There is also a work stand, with a range of tools attached, and an air compressor.

Photo (c) Bike Fixtation

Brygge Bridge, Copenhagen, Denmark

The bridge in Copenhagen inner harbour and is a 190m-long combined pedestrian and bicyclist bridge running east-to-west.

Photo (c) Dissing + Weitling

Hovenring Bridge, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This ‘floating’ roundabout is a 72m-diameter disc which enables cyclists to cross one of the Netherlands’ busiest roads.

Photo (c) IPV Delft

Melkwegbridge, Purmerend, The Netherlands

This bridge separates cyclists and pedestrians while still allowing easy passage for boats. The cycling deck splits in two, pivoting around piers on either side of the canal to allow boats to pass, while the 12m arch ensures pedestrian access remains uninterrupted.

Photo (c) NEXT Architects

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