28 June 2014

Cykelslangen

It’s a big day in Copenhagen, with the opening of “Cykelslangen” the missing link connecting the harbour bridge and the evil highway by Fisketorvet. For years cyclists have struggled with their bikes up and down steep stairs, or taken ridiculous detours to get to the bike-bridge, but finally it is here. The smooth, curvy, orange ride in the sky, named after the inner tubing in our wheel. Slange is the same word we use for snake, so my best guess is that foreigners will refer to it as the Bikesnake (or maybe the Snakebridge?). It looks like one too, wriggling its way through glass and steel, liberating us from all the obstacles underneath. Almost like riding the back of a mythical creature. Oh, can you tell I’m in love?

Cykelslangen bike bridge

I sneaked in before the grand opening today, to get some clean shots.

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Nothing begs for bending quite like rules, eh?

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Leading right up to the dream ride (ahead) over the water, connecting Vesterbro with Islands Brygge.

Of course some people only do as they are told. Here's one still pushing her bike up the stairs on the slide, because the sign says the connecting bike bridge are not officially open. Never mind it is only a day away. 

Cykelslangen bike bridge

This only confirms that progress is not made by those who don't push the boundaries. They have the rulebreakers to thank for that. You are welcome, lady.

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

It makes you want to scream: what took you so long? And then you want to hug it and ride over it back and forth and back and forth like a lovestruck fool. Trust me.


Links:
Cykelslangen on DAC (architectural details)
Cykelslangen on Google maps: here.



UPDATE:
I made a small video of the ride today, just for you:

 

I think I may have stressed out the little boy in blue. Sorry, little guy.



7 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 28, 2014

    Please please please send one over to the UK- I don't care where it goes!

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    1. First you have to wait and wait until you think you can't take it anymore. Sounds like you got that part down. : )

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    1. 4 metres (well: measured by me, on hands and feet it was 4,2 to be exact).

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  3. Hi, Sandra!

    What a little sunshine makes! The difference between the first two photographs is amazing! Plus, after seeing the bridge so empty in the photos, I knew before reading the post that you had somehow bent the rules. So out of character! ;-)

    Bicycle infrastructure like that is something I can only dream about. A new highway bridge to the airport opened up where I live, with a separate bicycle lane, to boot. But only on the bridge. Getting to the bridge is only for die-hard bicycle commuters along a busy, narrow-shouldered two lane highway. And getting to the airport after the bridge is even worse, having to deal with speeding cars and trucks around a pair of traffic circles.

    Think of us poor Americans when you ride over that orange paint! And did they finish that other bridge closer to Nyhavn yet?

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    1. On the bright side, look how fast N.Y. rolled out the infrastructure? It still makes my head spin. All you can do is push for it, keep pushing. In some places people even paint their own bike lanes on the street, to make a point.

      You can be sure that I will enjoy this snake, I might even find things to do on the other side, just to cross the two bridges, ha. The other bridge is not finished yet, they ran into all kinds of problems with the structure, and then the contractor filed for bankruptcy, but now the city have funded the last steps. Last I heard it will be finished around new years, but they keep changing the date. Watch this space. : )

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  4. AnonymousJune 30, 2014

    To be fair Sustrans opened loads of these sorts of bridges in 2012 as part of their Lottery Funded Connect2 project there was a Bridge in Bradford
    http://www.sustrans.org.uk/policy-evidence/the-impact-of-our-work/bridging-communities-bradford
    but also bridges in Glasgow, Rhyl, Cardiff, Northwich, Bury, St. Neots, Worcester... etc,

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