Much has been said about bridges in our previous article. It was hinted in that article that bridges are of different types based on their structure, make and usage. One type of bridges according to their usage is pedestrian bridges. A pedestrian bridge (as you might already have guessed from its name) is a bridge that is constructed specifically with the purpose of aiding pedestrians to cross over an obstacle. This is not a new concept as one such bridge called Rialto Bridge that crosses over the Grand Canal in Venice was constructed in 1588. Some of them are a necessity and some are just there for fun. One example of bridges that are made for fun is called canopy walkway or treetop walkway. They are just made to allow us to experience the wonders of nature passing through the treetops. We have compiled a list of some of the most spectacular pedestrian bridges all over the world. These bridges apart from serving their basic purpose, i.e. providing a short and easy way to cross over the obstacle, are also serving as tourist spots and attracting tourists from all over the world.
Walkway over the Hudson (AKA Poughkeepsie Bridge) is a steel cantilever bridge located between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York, USA. With a length of 6,768 ft., it extends over the Hudson River. It is a historical place with it being listed in the National Register of Historic Place in 1979. Completed on January 1, 1989, it was built as a railroad bridge, but after being damaged by a fire was rendered out of service on May 8, 1974. Now, it forms part of the new Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park and has been open for the pedestrians since 2009.
Walkway over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Amidst the vast reaches of The Walpole Wilderness, featuring wonders of nature from calm forests to soothing rivers and on top of that some stunning beaches, situates this perfectly placed manmade architectural wonder called The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Hanging 40 meters above the ground, it takes you through the spectacular treetops of trees that have been there for ages (some of the plant life here has its origins traced back to even 65 million years ago). Though these treetops are merely 600-meter long, it is still enough to give you an experience of a lifetime and to further prolong your experience it descends into the Ancient Empires Walk.
Valley Of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Tingledale, Western Australia
Canopy walks also called treetop walks are bridges through treetops which provide us means to just walk through the forest canopies. While there are many canopy walkways around the world, the Danum Valley Canopy Walk in Sabah, Malaysia is one of the coolest. It enables one to catch a breathtaking view of the rainforest it is situated in. It has multiple platforms hanging at different levels, the highest one being 26 meters up in the air. It is built in a tree-friendly way without digging any cables directly into the tree. Though it is a bit short, only just 300 meters in length, the rich experience into the beauty of nature it offers is not less than offered by any others.
Tree Top Canopy Walk, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
At Paddington Basin in London exists a unique type of bridge that is referred to as the Rolling Bridge. When open or in its extended form, it allows a 12-meter long pathway for pedestrians to walk across the basin, but then in order to allow boats to pass the hydraulics kicks in and then it curls into an octagon structure. It consists of eight triangular sections. This bridge is known to be one of its kind in existence. It was constructed by Littlehampton Welding Ltd and its construction was completed in 2005. The total cost spent to bring this wonder into working is £500,000. The bridge has also bagged the British Structural Steel Design Award in 2005.
The Rolling Bridge, London, England
Originally built as an elevated freight train bridge in 1930s, the High Line (AKA High Lane Park) is a linear park situated in New York, USA. It is 2.33 km long. It is built on an abandoned railroad section of the New York Central Railroad known as the West Side Line. Its plantation was chosen as acknowledgement to the wild plants that grew on the abandoned railroad line before it was turned into this beautiful park. This park since it being coming into existence has become a hot tourist attraction. Since its creation in 2009, it has been a highly praised and a positive influence. It has inspired many other cities to redesign their obsolete places and turn them into a public place.