The port city on Xiamen Island is known for being home to the world's longest elevated bike path.
The installation of the world’s longest elevated bike path, resembling a winding viaduct and stretching almost five miles to connect cyclists to all five of the Xiamen’s residential areas.
At its highest point, the bicycle path rises 16 feet above the ground, but it is actually protected by an even higher road, where Xiamen’s rapid transit bus lanes are accommodated.
With a speed limit of 15 miles an hour, the path can potentially handle 2,023 bikes at one time.
The longest suspended cycle path in the world, it also conveniently has 11 exits, which connect to 11 bus stations and two subway stations.
Privately-owned bikes are welcome, and there are also over 300 for-hire bikes available for sharing.
In addition to the bike-share docking stations, the path also has plenty of space for bike parking, and some bike-centric service pavilions.Elevated Cycling Skywalks in The World
- Award-winning Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, an elevated orange bike lane that spans Copenhagen’s harbour.
- Melbourne, Australia, where a plan for a $100 million ‘sky bike’ super highway is being considered.
- In the U.K., a project dubbed “SkyCycle” is the dream of Norman Foster for London. The huge highway in the sky would be suspended on pylons above the city’s existing train tracks, 49 feet wide with over 200 access points, allowing for up to 12,000 cyclists per hour.
- European bike-friendly cities include Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin.