Everyone knows that the Dutch love cycling. The Netherlands is heralded as the most bicycle friendly place in the world for those that enjoy beautiful outdoor rides for sport or transportation.
It’s no surprise that after regulations have made it easier than ever for riders to enjoy the outside as a means of transportation that there would be structure that helps as well as commemorates it.
One such structure is Hovenring, a floating roundabout that is similar to an overpass for cyclists that are coming from a myriad of directions. It is the center point for a massive influx of traffic that comes from the three Hoven areas, hence why it is called the "Ring of Hovens."
It's a great tourist spot as well for bikers that want to enjoy the sites due to its elevation and is an excellent way to help with traffic flow due to the busy pathways.
The bridge/roundabout was devised by the iPf Delt agency and is one of two of its kind; the other is located in Norway. The comparisons between them have extended to a rivalry since many western European countries value cycling as an important piece of their transportation and leisure culture.
At the time of its creation, it was seen as an innovative way to handle the conglomeration of biking traffic and automotive traffic that can sometimes cause problems.
Elevated roundabouts may be regarded more and more in the future as population sizes increase and the cost effectiveness of cycling become an even greater dominant force in many cultures.
The Hovenring’s biggest flaw is that there are a few vibration issues that can disrupt balance for cyclists, which is to be expected because of the design.
The Hovenring is a suspended cable bridge in its composition, which means that while it is well supported and can withstand any number of inclement weather incidents and natural disasters, it still moves a significant amount.
Cable-stayed bridges make sense as other cities seek to mimic the roundabout for their mobile population. While it is a challenge in some locations such as New York and Atlanta, anything is possible.
It's a good sign that cities are making a greater effort to help cyclists enjoy their portion of the road.
Cycling has shown to offer substantial benefits to both citizen health, combat obesity, and ease traffic accidents and congestion. Cities will look to the Norwegian and Dutch examples of innovation to improve their roadways so that they too can reap the benefits.
In conclusion, roundabouts have opened a pathway full of opportunity for cities to further invest and innovate on ways to further enrich the cycling community. Would you like to have a cycling pathway added into your area? Why or why not, please let us know your thoughts below.
This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 02:08 pm
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