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Lille Langebro

Lille Langebro is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge situated to the north of Langebro bridge in Copenhagen which connects Vester Voldgade by BLOX on the western side of the harbour with Langebrogade on the Amager side. With as many as 10,500 people using the bridge every day, Lille Langebro contributes to easing congestion on Langebro and breathing new life into Christians Brygge, which hitherto has been somewhat desolate and mostly given over to traffic. Lille Langebro is a gift from Realdania to the City of Copenhagen, and was built by Realdania By & Byg.

The Port of Copenhagen is currently undergoing a transformation from an industrial harbour to a recreational waterfront area. Along the harbour-front, new cultural amenities and attractive homes are springing up, and a number of new bridges have been built, primarily for pedestrians and cyclists, both along the front and crossing the water.

Since 2001, the City of Copenhagen has had plans to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge beside Langebro. In 2014, Realdania decided to gift the City of Copenhagen a bicycle and pedestrian bridge and thereby contribute to the development of a sustainable, cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly city and an attractive environment for city living and prosperity in the capital.

Moreover, Lille Langebro is an integral part of the urban development project, which Realdania launched together with BLOX, aiming to forge stronger connections between the city centre and the waterfront, providing new routes and creating an attractive space for urban life on Christians Brygge, which hitherto has been a forgotten corner of the city, home mostly to cars.

Realdania By & Byg took charge of the Lille Langebro project, its planning and construction in partnership with the City of Copenhagen. Lille Langebro is just one element in Realdania By & Byg’s plan to develop new, experimental buildings. The City of Copenhagen took possession of Lille Langebro on 1 July 2019 and is responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the bridge.

The development of Lille Langebro has provided a number of benefits to the city:

    • Lille Langebro spans the same crossing as the original Langebro, which existed from the end of the seventeenth century until the turn of the twentieth. The bridge forms a recreational, green and historic connection spanning Ørstedparken via Vester Voldgade and Christianshavns Vold to the Royal Dockyard.
    • Lille Langebro provides an attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists, uniting the city and its waterfront. The bridge is used by as many as 10,500 people every day, easing congestion on its namesake Langebro, which is used by more than 40,000 cyclists daily. Lille Langebro has provided cyclists with a pleasant and quiet route between the City Hall Square, Christianshavn and Islands Brygge. Together with the many cultural activities in and around BLOX just by the western end of Lille Langebro on Vester Voldgade, the Kalvebod Wave, new urban space on Christians Brygge and Søren Kierkegaards Plads by the Black Diamond, the many daily users of Lille Langebro are helping to inject life and activity into the area and reinvigorate the city.
    • Lille Langebro is not straight, but instead curves gently. This creates a comfortable gradient for cyclists, while also allowing harbour busses and smaller vessels to sail under the bridge. When a larger ship needs to pass, the two central sections of the bridge rotate through 90 degrees concurrently with Langebro, which also opens. Designing and constructing Lille Langebro has been a complex engineering project demanding the development of new solutions that can serve to inspire new bridges in Denmark and throughout the world.
Credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj



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