Congratulations to Dissing + Weitling who have won the 2014 WAN Transport Award with The Bicycle Snake in Copenhagen.
Prior to the completion of this successful scheme, the area around the Fisketorvet Shopping Center in Copenhagen was characterised by a particular problem - two distinctive groups of users, each with conflicting interests: cyclists and pedestrians. The solution was The Bicycle Snake.
This 235m-long elevated ramp ensures the complete separation of cyclists and pedestrians; the cyclists can pass quickly and easily through the area, while experiencing unique and exciting views, and the elevated road allows pedestrians to use the entire wharf avoiding perilous situations.
The WAN Transport Award judges all recognised the elegance and ingenuity of the design and felt the architects had responded well to the challenges of the brief. John Martin, Associate Principal at AECOM said of The Bicycle Snake: “An elevated (literally and figuratively) response to a simple problem; adapted to local culture. Simple. Elegant. Joyous.”
Jennifer Marmon, Founding Partner of PAR added: "The finalists represented a diversity of excellence from around the world. In the end, the jury selected a winning project that adeptly resolved urban transit issues while advancing social mobility. The project invigorates an interstitial urban space and becomes a new icon for the city."
Another project impressed judges and, although it didn’t make the finalist stage, has received a commendation: Walk NYC by City ID, an innovative and comprehensive multimodal wayfinding program in New York City.
Jack Robbins, Principal at FXFOWLE Architects wanted to award a commendation 'to underscore the importance of signage and wayfinding to transportation'. John Martin described the project as 'smart, legible, flexible, good incorporation of technology, beautiful and informative'. Congratulations to City ID on their commendation.