The bike and pedestrian bridge
The new bridge linking the Cents Plateau and the Kirchberg Plateau provides a 4.5-metre wide pathway exclusively for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, to encourage sustainable transport.
In Cents, the bridge can be accessed from Rue Tawioun, and in Weimershaff, from Rue des Bleuets.
The actual route was finally selected after examining several options over the past few years. The selected route features a number of advantages, both in terms of mobility and technical feasibility.
The elevator shaft is architecturally and structurally independent from the bridge structure. The elevator itself is situated at a distance of 4 metres from the bridge and both feature their own distinctive identities, while forming a coherent whole.
The pylon is slender and clear in colour, contrasting with the darker colour and the basic, monolithic rectangular structure of the elevator, which is reminiscent of a steeple. These different visual identities mutually reinforce each other to form a coherent whole.
The shape of the tower is dictated by the technical and functional features that ensure the proper operation of the elevator over its 50-metre course. The cabin features two opposite-facing doors so that cyclists will always be facing their direction of travel. In Neudorf, the cabin door, which is recessed into the main structure of the elevator, is located opposite and clearly visible from Rue de Neudorf. At the level of the bridge, the second door opens on to an intermediate right-angled landing between the lift tower and the deck of the bike and pedestrian bridge. This arrangement enables pedestrians and cyclists to exit the cabin and proceed towards the bridge with an unobstructed view of the traffic on the path. The intermediate landing, which also serves as a waiting area for the lift, is a cantilevered glass-floor structure that offers a view of Ville-Haute and the iconic spires of the Cathedral.
With this magnificent view as a backdrop, the user proceeds towards the fully glazed cabin door, facing west along Rue de Neudorf.
At the bottom of the valley, the forecourt area gives on to Rue de Neudorf and forms a harmonious link between very different parts of this district and its bordering wooded slopes.
The forecourt area, with the elevator shaft set back from the street, also gives on to the north side of the valley. As such, pedestrians and cyclists can exit the built-up area and get off their bikes to take a stroll.
Planned completion: 2025