Hovenring, a Beautiful Suspension Bridge for Bicycles

The other day I came across this wonderful post from Ethan Siegel about a bike suspension bridge called the Hovenring. It was built in the Netherlands to connect three metropolitan areas: Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven. 

The designer in me loves the bridge's design and beauty. The cyclist in me was delighted to discover yet another creative solution for increasing bike traffic without getting in the way of vehicles.

While I think the new downtown Des Moines pedestrian bridge (officially named Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge) is a lovely eyepiece for the city, I wish there were more beautiful (yet functional) bridges for cyclists throughout the city.

I know, I know. We are already spoiled with over 100 miles of bike trails. But after my fair share of times crossing those rough, wooden slates in Water Works Park and near Principal Park, a girl can dream, right?

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via   http://hovenring.com/   and   http://www.ipvdelft.nl/ .

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via http://hovenring.com/ and http://www.ipvdelft.nl/.

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via   http://hovenring.com/   and   http://www.ipvdelft.nl/ .

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via http://hovenring.com/ and http://www.ipvdelft.nl/.

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via   http://hovenring.com/   and   http://www.ipvdelft.nl/ .

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via http://hovenring.com/ and http://www.ipvdelft.nl/.

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via   http://hovenring.com/   and   http://www.ipvdelft.nl/ .

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via http://hovenring.com/ and http://www.ipvdelft.nl/.

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via   http://hovenring.com/   and   http://www.ipvdelft.nl/ .

Image Hovenring and IPV Delft via http://hovenring.com/ and http://www.ipvdelft.nl/.

Be sure to check out Ethan's post, which contains much more interesting background about the Hovenring project.

Amanda Morrow

Des Moines, Iowa