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amor de cosmos Apr 24, 2010 3:34 AM

pedestrian bridges
Is there already a thread just for cool pedestrian bridges? (does there need to be one?)

here's a new double-helix bridge in Singapore:

sperling overpass in the vancouver area:

peace bridge in calgary:

jtk1519 Apr 24, 2010 6:38 AM

Pfluger Bridge in Austin, TX...

ardecila Apr 24, 2010 7:20 AM

47th Street Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago

ardecila Apr 24, 2010 7:36 AM

Old Plank Road Bridge, Frankfort, IL

Ch.G, Ch.G Apr 24, 2010 8:00 AM

Wow, I don't mean to be a douche but that Austin bridge is awful.

PragmaticIdealist Apr 24, 2010 9:33 AM

Pedestrian Bridge over Disneyland Drive in Anaheim, California

nito Apr 24, 2010 1:13 PM

Hungerford Pedestrian Bridges (a Golden Jubilee Bridges - both alongside the Hungerford Railway Bridge)
Source: Katarina 2353 @ Flickr

Millennium Bridge
Source: Nickin exsilio @ Flickr

Green Mile Park Bridge (carries the park over a dual carriageway)
Source: unexpected bacon @ Flickr

Royal Victoria Dock Bridge
Source: darquati @ Flickr

West India Quay Floating Bridge
Source: notcub @ Flickr

Heron Quay Bridge
Source: Jan Lykke @ Flickr

Paddington Scorpion Bridge (folds right up into a hexagon-shape)
Source: Colin Bridger @ Flickr

Video Link

frinkprof Apr 24, 2010 4:27 PM

Calgary's other new forthcoming pedestrian bridge. The St. Patrick's Island Bridge:

All from here.

The landing in the middle is the namesake St. Patrick's Island.

This design was chosen in a design competition that had 33 entries, 3 were shortlisted. The renderings above are preliminary, and there will be a more detailed design forthcoming. Construciton will tentatively start in spring 2011.


Here's a video of the Peace Bridge (from the first post of this thread) that was released by Santiago Calatrava and the City of Calgary:

Video Link

Construction began a couple months ago, and it will be completed by fall 2010.

philvia Apr 24, 2010 6:02 PM

The St. Patrick's Island Bridge is really nice

Busy Bee Apr 24, 2010 7:47 PM


Originally Posted by jtk1519 (Post 4810068)

This pic looks very "China" to me. And yes, the bridge is a unfortunately a bit grotesque.

hammersklavier Apr 24, 2010 8:36 PM

Rail-trail bridges across the Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, PA. Really spectacular stuff.

scalziand Apr 25, 2010 1:06 AM

Relevant thread on SSC:

muppet Apr 25, 2010 11:58 AM

Millennium Bridge, London,

Stratosphere Apr 25, 2010 8:52 PM

South Coast Plaza pedestrian bridge, Orange County, California

Millennium Park pedestrian bridge, Chicago

Sundial pedestrian bridge, Redding California

Museum of Flight pedestrian bridge, Seattle

Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge, Singapore

Millennium Bridge, London

Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain

Zubizuri Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK

Borneo-Sporenburg Brige, Amsterdam

Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

Petronas Bridge, Kuala Lumpur

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Ponte Vecchioe, Florence

KevinFromTexas Apr 25, 2010 9:23 PM


Originally Posted by Ch.G, Ch.G (Post 4810123)
Wow, I don't mean to be a douche but that Austin bridge is awful.

Yeah, it's pretty nondescript I know. It gets the job done though. I like that it's open air and doesn't have a cover over it or a bunch of wires or poles obstructing the view. It sits right beside and south of downtown, and then to the west are the hills. It's pretty low on style, but I do like it for the other reasons I mentioned. The City is actually in the process right now of expanding it across Cesar Chavez Street just to the north of it. In the photo below, the right (west) arm of the bridge will expand over the spiral walkway and over the street connecting it to 2nd Street. That whole area of downtown is being developed with thousands of residential units.

Pfluger pedestrian bridge to be extended

Here's a model showing a nearby residential project. The taller tower is now planned to be office space. The shorter one is already complete and is apartments. You can see the completed bridge expansion crossing Cesar Chavez up to 2nd Street just south of the residential project.


Originally Posted by jtk1519 (Post 4810068)
Pfluger Bridge in Austin, TX...

This pic looks very "China" to me. And yes, the bridge is a unfortunately a bit grotesque.

It does look very "China". That photo was taken in the morning since the sun is rising. Also the morning fog makes it look like smog. Even the trees look like something you'd see in China. The one on the right is actually a Mesquite tree, which is indigenous to Texas.

ardecila Apr 26, 2010 6:59 AM

It would indeed look far better with that "ramp stub" extended across the street. Right now, it just looks odd.

LMich Apr 26, 2010 8:03 AM

Can't find a good picture, but there is a recent pedestrian bridge connecting both sides of Detroit's Mexicantown that spans I-75 on the city's southwest side:

amor de cosmos Apr 26, 2010 2:32 PM

maybe it wasn't such a bad idea to start this thread. there are some cool footbridges out there. here's a rendering of another one:

Jonovision Apr 26, 2010 4:38 PM

That last one is stunning! I really hope it turns out like the renderings. It appears as if it's just hovering on the surface of the water. And the stairs down to the waters edge is genius.

BVictor1 Apr 26, 2010 6:30 PM

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

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