A bicyclist’s wildest dream come true


Source: huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/28/the-hovenring-netherlands_n_4170857.html

“Oh my goodness,” is the best term I can come up with for describing this marvelous feat of sustainable engineering and design. Located in metropolitan Eindhoven, Netherlands –  this 237 foot diameter cable-stayed bicycle roundabout is literally suspended in mid-air from a 230 foot tall central pylon over a busy intersection. Here is a weblink to a map of its location on the west side of the city between downtown and the airport. Below is a schematic of the elevated roundabout.


Source: yourenvironmentoftheweek.blogspot.com

Aptly nicknamed “the Hovenring,” this amazing monument to Dutch ingenuity and cycling leaves this author nearly speechless. Even car lovers would have to admit that this engineering marvel is seriously cool. All I can say, is well done, Holland. Very well done indeed!

p.s. I am definitely visiting this iconic bicycling structure the first chance I get.


Source: bicycledutch.wordpress.com

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12 Responses to A bicyclist’s wildest dream come true

  1. Leonard says:

    Thanks for the posting. Wonder about width of approaches & ring and what number of users per day.


  2. As the blogger for Car-Free Memphis, I have to say that I LOVE IT


  3. Mark Wynn says:

    Bikes plus water equals suspended bike roundabout in Holland.


  4. Nathan says:

    This reminds me of the aerial cycle-ways, and honestly, this structure is impressive, but it does nothing to discourage people from driving. We need to be honest with ourselves and admit that fewer people should drive. Yes, bike lanes need to take space away from car lanes, not just be a separate system. Imagine: on a bike, you’re in the sky, totally separated from traffic, totally safe. But then, why would you not drive? This kind of infrastructure does absolutely nothing to discourage driving. I suggest everyone look towards copenhagenize for an analysis of this kind of infrastructure, but it just doesn’t cut it for modern cities. It might be appropriate in certain intersections, but even then, why not limit individual automobile traffic and encourage public transport and protected bike lanes? Lastly, this infrastructure is costly, and since nobody will be motivated to leave their car and take to the bike, it will seem a waste in terms of per user figures.


    • Mark Small says:

      It may seem that it doesn’t discourage driving, but there is now a 4 way intersection/crossroads instead of a roundabout for motorists. Before this was built, cyclists had to ride all the way around the road roundabout to turn left, and had to wait for traffic lights. With this cycle roundabout, they have no waiting times, have a shorter journey in many cases and are safer. If you look at a map, you can see that the road beneath is pretty much an exit from a motorway, the main entrance to Eindhoven. This is where you want motor traffic to be, rather than driving through residential neighbourhoods where there are one way systems and dead ends, neither of which usually apply to cyclists in NL.

      In summary, it does slightly discourage non-local car journeys, but it does encourage people to cycle for local journeys, which the Dutch transport system achieves well. This bicycle roundabout needs to be viewed as a tiny part of a cycle network, rather than something that exists by itself.


    • bicycledutch says:

      You focus too much on this one feature of an entire network in a city. It is as Mark explaines just part of a bigger plan. If you are interested in best cycling practice you shouldn’t focus on the second best nation because of better marketing, but study the Netherlands. Here is more info on Eindhoven: http://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/eindhoven-nominee-for-best-cycling-city/


  5. Dave D says:

    Thx for posting this. I have heard of it before, but never saw schematic ’til now. Think we’ll ever see one of these, or something like it, here in the states? Great way to route cyclists safely thru/around an intersection!


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