Melkweg (‘Milky Way’) Bike and pedestrian bridge, Purmerend. Architects: Next. Photo: Velo City, published Prestel 2014.
I’ve been on a quest to find the best-looking examples of Dutch bike bridges.
My inspiration has been Gavin Blyth’s book Velo City, with its collection of great photos of impressive cycling infrastructure around the world, including the photo above of the bridge over the North Holland Canal. It was a thoughtful present from the Dutch children’s book SCBWI group – thanks!
Mr Blyth’s book concentrates on the newest and hippest. I like some of the old cycle path bridges too. I’ve been trying to do them justice with the camera.
The bridge at the charmingly named Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (Old Church on the Amstel). They let cars use it too, but they have to wait their turn.
Not far out of Ouderkerk is this bike bridge across a busy motorway, allowing Dutch riders to reach the scenic ride on the other side. View is from the top level of the Fletcher Hotel.
Okay, this one may not be so beautiful in itself, but I’m very fond of it, since it’s just along the canal from our apartment and allows me to ride into the lovely Vondelpark without meeting any cars.
Ijburg is a new housing development on a new Amsterdam island. Of course that requires a new bridge. It’s also for motor vehicles, but note the wide, car-free bike path.
Here’s my attempt at photographing that Melkweg bridge in Purmerend – without the aid of a helicopter.
Sometimes the simplest ones are the best. This is the bridge over the lovely little Waver River, just south of Amsterdam.
Any other bike bridges I should add to my list? Just let me know and I’ll try to visit them – or at least find a photo on the web.