The Hovenring suspended bicycle path is a roundabout that is located in the Netherlands. It is the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world. It was designed as a solution to problems that were being caused by increased traffic. After some consideration it was decided that seperating bicycle traffic was the best course of action.
The Hovenring ( Ring of the Hovens ) was designed by an agency named ipv Delft. The name of the suspended bicycle roundabout was decided via a contest. It refers to the nearby residential areas of Eindhoven, Veldhoven and Meerhoven.
This amazing suspended structure is supported by a central pylon that is 70 meters high and 24 steel cables. The cables are attached to the inner side of the bridge deck. The bridge is made from about 1000 tons of steel and a concrete counter weight.
Construction began in February of 2011 and the bridge opened to the public in December of the same year. Unfortunately, the Hovenring was closed to the public a week after it was opened. It was discovered that the cables were vibrating in a way that could have caused harm. It was reopened to the public in June of 2012. via
The vibrations that caused the closure of the Hovenring so soon after it opened were caused by the wind. Professors of both civil and mechenical engineering found a solution for the problem. Additional dampers were applied to the cables.