When I was cycling from Delft in the direction of The Hague, a few months ago, I stumbled upon a cycle bridge in Rijswijk. The stylish white bridge drew my attention immediately and I decided to stop and film it. Back home I soon found out the bridge was opened in 2014 and designed by well-known design and engineering firm ipv in Delft.
Rijswijk is a town in the highly urbanised region between The Hague and Delft. There are a number of barriers to cycling here. Several motorways and a lot of waterways. To take away one barrier in Rijswijk the city region had the wish to build a cycle bridge over the Rijn-Schiekanaal, locally also known as Delftsche Vliet. This bridge would connect residential and recreational areas and places where a lot of people work.
On the day I filmed the sky looked like one painted by a 17th century Dutch master.
The city region and the municipality chose a location roughly between two existing bridges. There was not so much space, a reason to carefully weigh all the options. A fixed bridge would have to have a bridge deck at 7 metres over the canal for the type of ships that can and do use this canal. Such a high deck would require considerable access ramps and there was no place for them here. That is why it needed to be a bridge that opens. The architects ipv in Delft found an innovative solution, as can be expected from this highly experienced firm. They designed a lot of interesting pieces of cycling architecture that I already showed you on my blog before. The Hovenring in Eindhoven. The submerged bridge in Haarlem, a cycle bridge in Enschede, one in Nigtevecht and they saved the day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch with the new Bartenbrug after the original design led to a fiasco.