15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

By Attila Nagy on at

Here is a selection of state-of-the-art bike infrastructures, which pave the way for a better biking world.

Well-developed cycling infrastructure is a fundamental and crucial layer of every city, where thousands of people commute by bike on a daily basis. This not only means that we need separate bikeways not available to cars, but much more: bridges, tunnels, and secure parking places.


 

The Don Burnett bicycle pedestrian bridge

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Also known as Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino, California; it was opened in 2009.
Photo: John Loo


 

The Big Dam Bridge, Arkansas

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

This bridge crosses the Arkansas river, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and opened in 2006. At 0.8 miles in length, it is the longest bridge in North America built for pedestrian and bicycle use only.
Photo: David Quinn/AP


 

The Amsterdam Nesciobrug

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: The Botster

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

The Nesciobrug (Nescio Bridge) is the longest cycle bridge in the Netherlands. It was completed in 2006.
Photo: The Botster


 

Central station bike garage, Amsterdam.

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: H. Michael Miley

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: Stephane Mignon

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Opened in 2001, the voluminous multi-storey garage can accommodate 2,500 bikes.
Photo: Paul Joseph


 

Bikedispenser, Eindhoven, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Bikedispenser is an automated system for storing and sharing rental bicycles.
Photo: Fietsberaad


 

The Hovenring Eindhoven, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: Ipv Delft

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Designed by Ipv Delft, the Hovenring opened in 2013. This spectacular circular bridge is a suspended bicycle and pedestrian path roundabout in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands, and the first of its kind in the world.
Photo: Ipv Delft


 

The Weerdsprong Bridge, Venlo, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

The Weerdsprong is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Venlo, also designed by Ipv Delft.
Photo: Ipv Delft


 

Auke Vleerstraat, Enschede, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

This Bike bridge over the wide and busy Auke Vleerstraat in Enschede has been in use since 2011. It is another example of design by Ipv Delft.
Photo: Ipv Delft


 

Bicycle tunnel in Zwolle, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

The Zwolle bicycle tunnel takes cyclists safely under busy roads. Such infrastructure led to Zwolle being named Best Cycling City of the Netherlands 2014 by cycling blog Bicycle Dutch
Photo: Fietsberaad


 

Bike garage, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Photo: Fietsberaad


 

Bicycle box, Copenhagen, Denmark

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

This intriguing structure is designed for storing cargo bikes, and, naturally, takes the form of a pink car.
Photo: Fietsberaad


 

The Second Heinenoordtunnel, Heinenoord, Netherlands

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

The Second Heinenoordtunnel, a slow road tunnel from Heinenoord to Barendrecht for cyclists and pedestrians under the Oude Maas River.
Photo: Fietsberaad


 

 Bike rack on a bus in Vancouver, Canada

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Victoria Regional Transit introduced bike racks mounted to the front of their buses to assist in longer commute and is designed to hold up to two bikes at once.

Photo: Roland Tanglao


 

Eco-cycle underground bike parking, Japan

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

Eco-cycle, designed by Giken Ltd. is an underground bike parking system that serves as well-needed storage for the 13 million residents of Tokyo, Japan; many of whom are taking to two-wheels instead of overcrowded public transport.
Photo: Guilhem Vellut/Giken


 

Eco-cycle above-ground bike parking, Japan

15 of World's Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

The above-ground sibling to Tokyo's below-ground parking system, this structure holds 720 bicycles in Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Photo: Giken


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