Move to the Netherlands to Experience this Beautiful Floating Cycling Bridge

If you weren’t already aware, the Netherlands is one of the best places in the world to be an urban cyclist. Take this floating bridge, which was recently erected in Eindhoven above a busy highway roundabout.

The Hovenring was not a cheap piece of infrastructure but it’s a beautiful addition to the city landscape. The 236 ft diameter structure sees over a thousand cyclist circumnavigate it’s track each weekend.

Via Neatorama

Comments

Local Dutchman - 10/28/13 - 3:25pm

Yes, it’s certainly a nice piece of cycling infrastructure, tried it on my evening ride.

But it’s no substitute for the HC mountain we so desperately need. So if you have such a mountain available, we have an suspended roundabout and are willing to trade

plebs - 10/28/13 - 4:28pm

If you can get me a billion-ton barge, I’ll get you your mountain. It’s probably easiest to dump it in the sea and build a causeway out to it than try and move it inland.

fraser - 10/28/13 - 4:29pm

@local dutchman: But you have the wind, as you could see and feel today. I hope, everything is ok.
The roundabout-bridge is a beautifull peace of infrastructure and you should be proud of it!

Greetings from a german neighbour (with bad cycling infrastructure)! :)

Local Dutchman - 10/28/13 - 4:58pm

@plebs: I’ll check in my shed, may take a while, since I have the tendency to store my bikes and parts in front of my barges.

@fraser: everything OK, Eindhoven is quite inland, so no real problems, thanks

The idea for a Dutch mountain isn’t mine, a guy named Thijs Zonneveld is trying to raise the money to build us one. It’s quite complicated (duh) and cost about half the anual US military budget. His website: http://www.diebergkomter.nl

The site is in Dutch only , but you can buy a €50 certificate to finance the research :)

NotAMachinist - 10/28/13 - 5:18pm

@plebs

If anyone can come up with a billion ton barge it’s probably the Dutch.

That is a beautiful bridge.

nick_outdoors - 10/28/13 - 9:47pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! Urban development like this gives my hope for the future. Just not in the USA :-(

Ernst Engelbrecht - 10/29/13 - 3:19am

No helmets?

Sardininan Rider - 10/29/13 - 8:27am

if this for USA is pure science fiction,here in Italy that thing would cost 25 billion euro,it would take about 20 years to be built,about 100 people would get arrested for bribery and corruption,99 of them would be acquitted and would enter in politics,while the bridge itself would crumbled in pieces at the first wind.

The Goats - 10/29/13 - 11:53am

This gives us hope for humankind.

XOXO

The Goats

Topmounter - 10/29/13 - 12:41pm

While it looks awesome, it is not really floating. Regardless, Lando Calrissian approves.

rico - 10/30/13 - 12:25am

Move there? How about just travel and ride bikes in NL. Biking in europe is fun. Some american cyclists I know would be blown away to witness the bike traffic in downtown amsterdam. The only pain is the cost of flying with the bike.

Rico - 10/30/13 - 1:00am

Hey rico —
So we meet again. Bent jij soms gek voor Holland? Of gaat het alleen maar over het fietsen?

Chris Bradshaw - 12/01/13 - 12:18pm

The video shows something that doesn’t seem to fit with “floating bridge.”

It is really a traffic circle for non-motorized transport, with a standard signalized intersection for motorized traffic below. And it is the former who have to power their way to from their “perch,” not those with motors.

What kind of music should accompany closeups of the motor traffic?

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