Bike Bridge

Design of a modern bicycle infrastructure

The Regional Association FrankfurtRhineMain has launched a university competition as part of its project “Bicycle Mobility in Large Commercial and Industrial Locations Using Frankfurt Airport as an Example” funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The overall objective of the project was to include the bicycle as an equal, everyday means of transport in the strategic planning of transport and infrastructure at Frankfurt Airport as a commercial location. In view of the need to close gaps in the cycling network at the airport, the task of the university competition was to develop a concept for a bridge over the Kapitän-Lehmann-Straße/Hugo-Eckener-Ring intersection.

The students dealt with the question of what requirements a modern bicycle infrastructure would need at a place like Airport Frankfurt. How can pedestrian and bicycle traffic be led safely and comfortably? Is weather protection necessary? Does it need noise protection? Which existing regulations have to be taken into account? Especially at a traffic hub like Frankfurt Airport, the question arises as to how we will be mobile in the future. Between aircraft terminals, motorways and railway lines, bicycle and pedestrian traffic should also be visible in the design of the public space in order to emphasise its importance. A bicycle bridge directly opposite Terminal 2 and parallel to the A3 has a symbolic character and represents an appeal for a traffic turnaround and a change in our current, everyday mobility behaviour.

The students have developed ten designs that show that traffic infrastructure does not only have to be functional, but can also follow an aesthetic demand. A bicycle bridge not only serves to cross a traffic intersection, but also shapes the public space in which it stands. The bridge design at the Kapitän-Lehmann-Straße/Hugo-Eckener-Ring intersection could thus not only actively improve the cycle path concept on site, but also symbolically function as a beacon of intermodality at Frankfurt Airport.

Type of project • Student project
Supervisors   Prof. Peter Eckart, Dipl.-Des. Julian Schwarze
Participants • Kasimir Göller, Andreas Grieszek, Julia Huisken, Tim Jäger, Fabienne Laube, Ines Langer, David Maurer, Ricardo B. Ponce, Daniel Rese, Ken Rodenwaldt, Niels Stähly, Dominik Steinhaus
Status • completed
Duration • 04/2017 – 09/2017
Cooperation • M. Eng. Franz Wirth, TU Braunschweig; Alexander Bussian, Storz Medienfabrik GmbH; “Fachbereich Mobilität” des Regionalverbands Frankfurt; Bernd Dippel, Stellvertretender Landesvorsitzender ADFC Hessen
Funding • Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain


Publications about the project

Anna-Lena Moeckl, Julian Schwarze, Peter Eckart

Practice-led Design Research (III): Reconfiguring Bicycle Mobility and Integrating it into the Transport System

In: K. Vöckler, P. Eckart, M. Knöll, M. Lanzendorf (Hg.): Mobility Design - Shaping Future Mobility, Vol. 2: Research, Berlin 2023, S. 172-177


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