It is exactly 6 months in use today; the cycle bridge atop a school. For the bridge, as well as the woman it was named after, those 6 months have been very successful. Let’s have another look at the Dafne Schippersbrug in this “short-post-week”.
The Dafne Schippersbrug. Still from the video about how this project developed by the city of Utrecht.
The bridge continues to draw a lot of attention all over the world. A lot of people have also come to see it in person. I have already taken quite a number of visitors there myself this summer: a journalist from Sweden, two groups of students from the US, a group of cycling enthusiasts from Ireland and one with legislators from Germany. The locals simply use the bridge to get from A to B. Of the expected 7,000 people, already over 4,000 are indeed using the bridge on a daily basis. That number is growing further.
Not all the locals are that impressed though. The Hackney Cyclist noted in the Google Reviews that one local wrote: “It’s just a bridge”.
The official opening took place on 13 May. Naturally, Dafne Schippers opened it herself. It was a day full of running activities. The city of Utrecht made a very nice video looking back on the entire project from 2014 to 2017 (unfortunately only in Dutch, but most of the images speak for themselves).