LAVA designs a cyclist bridge to make Heidelberg bike-friendly

September 7, 2020 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on LAVA designs a cyclist bridge to make Heidelberg bike-friendly

LAVA , schlaich bergermann partner and Latz + Partner have been awarded first prize in an international competition for their design of a cycle and pedestrian bridge in the German university town of Heidelberg. The winning proposal weaves together functionality with beautiful, minimalist design that is visually appealing both up-close and from afar. The 700-meter-long bridge will cross over the Neckar River and connect urban developments from north to south. Commissioned by the City of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg, the winning proposal was praised by the jury for its “large, curved gesture.” The bridge will be built with seven spans measuring 60 meters each and a steel superstructure connected to slender prefabricated supports of ultra-high-strength, fiber-proven concrete. The steel-and-concrete construction with LEDs embedded in slender steel handrails will be elegant, minimalist and restrained in appearance. Related: LAVA designs carbon-neutral LIFE Hamburg with an edible green roof The inner-city bridge also responds to the different neighborhoods it traverses. For example, the bridge widens above the Neckar River — 105 meters of the bridge will be above water — to form a seating landscape with viewing balconies of the water. When crossing Genisenau Park, the bridge’s curved and column-free form is designed to frame the landscape and shield it from traffic. Earth ramps and stairs will make the bridge fully accessible to all users, while pedestrian and cyclists can enjoy fast transit thanks to the intersection-free design. “It’s LAVA’s first major bridge project and continues our efforts to make infrastructure of high public value contributing both to liveability and sustainability,” said Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA. “Anything that contributes to the reduction of car traffic and provides pedestrian promenades increases the quality of life.” The new bridge will connect the train station and districts to the south with the Neuenheimer Feld and the express bike path in the north. + LAVA Images via LAVA, schlaich bergermann partner and Latz + Partner

Here is the original post: 
LAVA designs a cyclist bridge to make Heidelberg bike-friendly

Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars

It’s no surprise that cycling is popular in Denmark but a new study shows the number of bikes in Copenhagen is now officially higher than the number of cars . The capital city has been tracking bike numbers manually for decades, and now 20 electric sensors across the city help count the number of cycles wheeling around the streets. Over the last year, an additional 35,080 bikes have been tallied, resulting in a total bike count of 265,700. That surpasses the city’s 252,600 cars by a hefty margin. Copenhagen’s bicycle count is the product of 20 electric sensors installed at city hall and around the city, which automatically tally bikes as they travel through the metropolitan area. The first such sensor was installed in 2009, with others added in the intervening years. Tracking bicycle traffic is just one facet of the government’s aim to encourage more urban cycling, and it’s working. Two-wheeled traffic has increased 68 percent over the past 20 years. Related: Copenhagen is building the craziest bike lane… ever The Danish government has plunked down some $143 million since 2005 in order to support cycling in the city and encourage more commuters to choose two-wheeled transportation. Bike and pedestrian-only bridges are among the added infrastructure that reduce car-bike incidents and help keep cyclists away from toxic vehicle exhaust . While bike traffic continues to increase (with a 15 percent spike in just the last year), car traffic is slowly falling, down 1 percent from a year ago. Copenhagen leadership isn’t finished, either. Morten Kabell, the current mayor of technical and environmental affairs, told the Guardian the city aims for 50 percent of all commutes to be made on bikes by 2025. Given that 41 percent of trips are already taken on two wheels, getting to 50 percent is well within the realm of possibility. A new metro expansion planned to open in 2019 could slow the increase of bike traffic, but Kabell doesn’t mind, since the metro is also an emissions-free form of transportation . “The important thing for me is to have a green transport system,” he said. “As long as it’s fossil-free and alleviates congestion and air pollution, I’m cool with that.” Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia ( 1 , 2 )

See the original post here: 
Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars

Colorado just invested $100 million in better bicycle infrastructure

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Colorado just invested $100 million in better bicycle infrastructure

Rejoice, American cyclists! You have a strong ally in Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. At Interbike, the largest annual bicycle trade event in North America, Hickenlooper announced a plan to spend more than $100 million over the next four years to improve Colorado’s cycling infrastructure . This declaration of financial and political support will greatly benefit the citizens of Colorado and may inspire other policymakers to make similarly bold moves. Read the rest of Colorado just invested $100 million in better bicycle infrastructure

Read the original:
Colorado just invested $100 million in better bicycle infrastructure

Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

Read the rest of Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

Here is the original: 
Studio Sprout’s backyard greenhouse combines stylish form with fabulous function

Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

March 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

You know your bike culture is strong when people are having a hard time finding a place to park their rides – and that’s just what’s happening in Amsterdam right now. The Dutch city is having a hard time finding room for the 880,000 bikes that travel – and park – along its canals. In an effort to deal with the problem, Amsterdam is planning to create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030. Read the rest of Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam , Amsterdam bicycle culture , Amsterdam bike commute , bicycle commuting , bicycle culture , bicycle infrastructure , bike commuting , bike commuting in the Netherlands , bike culture , bike riding , Netherlands biking , PARK(ing) , parking spaces , the netherlands

Here is the original: 
Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

Bad Behavior has blocked 5222 access attempts in the last 7 days.