On World Bicycle Day: 22 Inspiring Architectural Cycling Projects

Nowadays bicycles are not only used for sports or as a recreational activity, as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their main means of transportation. Architecture plays a fundamental role in promoting the use of bicycles, as a properly equipped city with safe bicycle lanes, plentiful bicycle parking spots, and open areas to ride freely will encourage people to use their cars much less.

Cities are now positioning themselves as a key promoter of sustainable mobility, and Denmark and the Netherlands are currently the leading countries in the field of architecture for bikes. They are considered a cyclist’s paradise because of their excellent infrastructure and architecture, making them a worldwide reference.

To celebrate World Bicycle Day, discover below a list of projects by BIG, NL Architects, Monk Mackenzie Architects, and Landlab, among others, that serve as inspiration for the development of contemporary cities, in ways that integrate bicycles through a diversity of means such as parks and public spaces, pavilions and cultural centers, bridges and parking lots and, of course, bicycle paths.


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Parks and Bicycle Lanes

Vanke Community A1-B2 and Bus Station / UV Architecture /Huayi Design

LightPathAKL / Monk Mackenzie Architects + Landlab

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Cycling through the Trees / Burolandschap

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Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex

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Karen Blixens Plads Public Square / Cobe

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Bridges 

Melkwegbridge, Purmerend, NL / NEXT architects

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Twisted Valley / Grupo Aranea

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Lex van Delden Bridge / Dok Architecten

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Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft

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Peace Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

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Bicycle Pavilions 

Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG

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Bicycle Club / NL Architects

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Electra BikeHub / Andrey Ukolov + Ekaterina Osipova

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Bicycle Parking

Bicycle Hotel Lillestrøm / Various Architects

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Cuyperspassage / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Bicycle Parking Main Station Karlsruhe / TAFKAL

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Bicycle Parking / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

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Strawinskylaan Bicycle Parking / wUrck

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The South Entrance / Tengbom

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Bicycle Stores

VOYAGE 798 Coffee House / atelier suasua

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VÈLO7 Cycle Shop / mode-lina architekci

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Distrito Fijo Cycling Club / DCPP arquitectos

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 24, 2017, and updated on June 03, 2020.


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