One of the maybe unexpected side effects of the Sustainable Safety policies is that flow roads, which – as the name suggests – can only be for the flow of (motor) traffic, become big flow roads and thus a barrier for cycling. For the non-Dutch eye these roads also often look rural, but that is because they are designed to be further away from buildings, homes and people. Where a cycle route does cross such a big urban flow road you need a big work of infrastructure. The Zwolle Westenholter Bridge is one such big piece of infrastructure, built at the same time as the huge road it crosses was reconfigured.
The Westenholter cycle bridge was opened in September 2006. It connects the Zwolle city centre to the older urban expansion Westenholte with a population of 5,100. It is a bridge in the cycle route called Kamperpad, which connects Zwolle to the historic city of Kampen. (Name giving in this region is rather straightforward.) Westenholte was a village until 1967. Building new homes for Zwolle started in 1970. Together with the more recent and much larger urban expansion Stadshagen (pop. 17,000) and the former village of Spoolde (pop. 1,070), Westenholte forms the new part of the city called Zwolle-West, since 2012.