The Hovenring: World’s First Suspended Bicycle Roundabout
Did you ever think that if U.S. roads had bicycle lanes wider than our belts, that our belts might not be as wide? If you crave the kind of self-powered, open air freedom that only a pair of pedals can provide, grab your Schwinn and book the next flight to the Netherlands. That’s where this amazing bicycle path roundabout — the first in the world — is centered. The Hovenring, as its known, means ‘Ring of the Hovens.’ No, that’s a new HBO spinoff series, it’s just an ode to the surrounding towns, Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven.
Ipy Delft deserves a pat on the back because he designed this architectural milestone which features a 230-foot tall central pylon, 1,000-ton steel circular bridge deck, and 24 steel cables. Aluminum lamellas, translucent sheeting, tube lighting, and LEDs light up the Hovenring at night.