A Dutch architectural firm is behind a concept for a cycle path under Lake Amsterdam. The goal? Connect the north of the capital to the central station via an astonishing tunnel. For the experts behind the project, the tunnel in question would cost less to build than a traditional bridge, and would have other advantages.
A track plunging underwater
In the Netherlands, cycle paths are a real institution. In 2014, the Dutch created the world’s first solar cycle path. They are also the origin of the first phosphorescent cycle path, although this one is more like a work of art. From now on, it is a question of a track plunging under water, more precisely under the IJ artificial lake in Amsterdam.
Presented in 2019 by its creators – the architectural firm Syb van Breda & Co – the concept aims to simplify and facilitate travel between the north of the city and Amsterdam Central Station. This would then avoid the inhabitants having to take the car or the ferry to make this long journey. Another advantage, the tunnel would give the possibility of connect the cycle path networks of the two neighborhoods.
A project examined by the town hall
Let’s take a look at the tunnel itself. This would include openings about fifty meters wide. Thus, cyclists could descend and re-ascend on gentle spiral-shaped slopes and thus limit their efforts. On the pedestrian side, mechanical elevators would give the possibility of going down in order to admire the surprising building. In addition, the tunnel has a lane for cyclists separated from that for pedestrians and the originality continues with the presence of plants growing under artificial light.
The architects of Syb van Breda & Co are categorical: their tunnel would cost cheaper to manufacture than a classic bridge. In addition, this project would further enhance Amsterdam’s reputation for soft mobility. Last obstacle for those in charge, to have the project accepted by the municipality for a achievement by 2025.
There is still a chance that this project will succeed, as Dutch decision-makers are so open-minded. In terms of town planning, many things have already been done to promote soft mobility solutions. In Amsterdam, 32% of the inhabitants use the bicycle to get around on a daily basis. However, only one city does better in Europe, namely Copenhagen (Denmark) with 35% of cyclists in everyday life.
Here is the video presentation of this cycle path project under the Amsterdam lake: