Innovative Suspended Bicycle Roundabout In The Netherlands
The Dutch are well known for their creativity and architectural prowess, which is why we’re not at all surprised to find out that the first suspended bicycle roundabout was built in the Netherlands. Dubbed Hovenring, this fantastic structure does indeed appear to be hovering above a busy intersection that can be found between Eindhoven, Meerhoven and Veldhoven.
In order to make this thing a reality, its creators at Ipv Delft decided to use a 230-foot tall central pylon that is used to anchor a circular bridge with the help of 23 steel cables. The cables are installed on the interior side of the bridge deck, but in order to further increase the stability of the structure, the architects went ahead and added a few M-shaped supports underneath the roundabout as well as certain concrete elements at key sections. As far as aesthetics are concerned, the roundabout boasts a modern and pleasing appearance overall, not to mention the fact that it was equipped with some pretty impressive LED illumination systems.
Opened on December 30, 2011, the landmark had to be shut down because of a series of wind-related vibration issues. The problems were soon resolved by installing a series of dampers, and the Hovenring was opened once again on June 29 2012.