In 2007 the City Road Management of Warsaw has issued a tender for constructing a footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists over one of the most busiest roads in Warsaw. It became a very comfortable and safe crossing solution.
Background & Objectives
Since 2007, cyclists and pedestrians can comfortably cross a busy 4-lane road dividing two neighbouring districts in the north-east of Warsaw. Collision-free junctions of roads and cycle/pedestrian paths usually make the crossing significantly difficult for cyclists or wheelchair users as they are forced to overcome stairs or use lifts, often too small or out of order. This footbridge is an example of how their interests can be respected in a simple way at a low cost in short construction time.
The footbridge was built between a big junction (650 m away) and an overpass (1600m away) - all structures crossing the Toru?ska route. Without the footbridge it would require to cover an extra distance of 2250 meters to get on the other side.
The construction is an arch suspension bridge. It has a smooth, non-slip surface, entirely covered with asphalt. On both sides of the bridge there are long twisted ramps of gentle slope for bicycles and wheelchairs with separating barrier on their entire length and stairs for pedestrians.>The ramp lane for wheelchairs is narrow with handrail on both sides, for wheelchair users to move on in a convenient way. The lane for bicycles is wide, allowing free passing of two cyclists.
The footbridge is properly illuminated to reduce the percieved threat of crime and looks aesthetically pleasing with suitably chosen colors that blend in with the surrounding.
The footbridge has improved the safety of many non-motorized traffic participants, living in single-family houses on the one side and in the blocks of flats on the other side of the bridge. The passing of the busy Toru?ska route with bike, wheelchair or on foot is now convenient and fast.
The construction of the footbridge has a replication potential for all types of underground and overground passages, for example in railway stations. The ramps are practical and cheaper than installing and maintaining of a lift, particularly if it is potentially exposed to vandalism.
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