The 5 Best Pedestrian Bridges
From London to Changsha
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Often overlooked as public spaces, pedestrian bridges help connect neighborhoods and offer places for gathering with friends and family. Cities around the world have taken the opportunity to implement modern and artistic touches to their pedestrians bridges.
We decided to list five of our favorites from London’s Millennium Bridge to the Lucky Knot in China. Here’s the full list, in no particular order.
Millennium Bridge, London
Stretching across the River Thames, London’s steel suspension bridge (pictured above) originally opened in 2000, but was closed shortly after opening due to wobbling motions. It was reenforced to eliminate the motion and reopened in 2002. Despite this initial setback, Millennium Bridge has become one of the most recognizable pedestrian bridges in the world.
What we love about Millennium Bridge: Its modernist look and simplicity.
Lucky Knot, China
China’s Lucky Knot pedestrian bridge is unlike any other. Its unique design looks a lot like a rollercoaster, allowing pedestrians to interact with the bridge. Transversing the Dragon King Harbor River in Changsha, Lucky Knot contains a 600-foot spine that creates an infinite loop.
Why we love Lucky Knot: With its twists and infinite loop, Lucky Knot offers a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the structure.
Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires
Design by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, Puente de la Mujer (Spanish for “woman’s bridge”) is a cantilever cable bridge that rotates 90 degrees to allow boats to pass beneath.
Puente de la Mujer got its name due to many streets in the Puerto Madero district being named after women. As a result, “woman’s bridge” became the obvious choice.
What we love about Puente de la Mujer: The simplicity makes Puente de la Mujer an elegant structure, while also carrying the naming convention of the neighborhood.
Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore
As the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, Henderson Waves Bridge features undulating waves for a unique twisting and curving look. According to Your Singapore, the bridge was developed using wood native to the region. “Its form is anchored by steel arches and filled in with curved ‘ribs’ — slats of Balau wood, a dense hardwood used in heavy construction and which is found only in Southeast Asia.”
What we love about Henderson Waves Bridge: Its design embodies that of a great public space, allowing visitor to sit and relax along the bridge.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Omaha
Traversing the Missouri River, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000-foot pedestrian bridge developed as a cable-stayed bridge. It connects Port of Omaha’s Miller Landing to One Renaissance Center. On the Nebraska side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, visitors can enjoy Omaha Plaza, a 3-acrea plaza featuring an interactive water fountain. The bridge also connects with over 150 miles of nature trails.
What we love about Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: This bridge connects two states and communities, as well as a connection to surrounding nature trails.