A newly opened active travel bridge in the city of Munich in southern Germany has design features to support its use as a route shared by cyclists and pedestrians.

The widened design of the Offenbachstrasse bridge allows space for open plazas at either end. Credit: Wilfried Dechau

The bridge over the major road Offenbachstrasse will provide a safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians and reduce disruptions to the flow of traffic. It connects the west of the city with the centre.

The access steps onto the Offenbachstrasse active travel bridge. Credit: Wilfried Dechau

UK-based Knight Architects designed the bridge with two small plazas that have enough space and lighting so that people on foot can choose a route that doesn’t disrupt cycle traffic.

The widened design also complements a nearby road tunnel, to create a sense of order and continuity. The main span is made from steel, so parts of the structure can be recycled at end-of-life.

The steel centre span of the Offenbachstrasse active travel bridge. Credit: Wilfried Dechau

The consulting engineer for the project was WTM Engineers of Munich. The bridge forms part of the City of Munich’s plans for a city-wide active mobility network and cycle superhighway.