Hovenring: A Bicycle Ramp Roundabout by IPV Delft
Recently opened in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, this suspended circular bridge offers cyclists multiple access points to get to their destination. The bridge consists of a 70-meter high pylon, 24 steel cables, and a circular bridge deck made of steel. IPV Delft also integrated a lighting design scheme which contributes to the bridge's spectacular appearance at night.
Like a flying saucer, the steel bridge hovers above the Heerbaan / Meerenakkerweg intersection, its impressive pylon marking the entrance way to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven. There used to be a level crossing here, but the development of a nearby housing estate meant the intersection needed changing in order to cope with growing traffic. As the Eindhoven City Council refrains from cyclist underpasses and didn’t want a level crossing roundabout, they asked Dutch bridge specialist ipv Delft to look at possible solutions. A circular cable-stayed bridge soon appeared to be the best option.