Once considered primarily as a sport and hobby vehicle, bicycles are now a primary method of transportation.
Building design plays a major role in facilitating bike transportation, as each community should provide safe bicycle lanes, many bicycle parking spots, and wide-open spaces in which people can ride free.
Bicycles are vehicles for change in terms of ecofriendly sustainability and overall quality of life. This is why they must play a vital role in terms of city planning.
Denmark and the Netherlands are the leading nations in terms of bike-friendly architecture. Yet stellar examples of ‘bikertecture’ can be found around the world. They include:
Vanke Community A1-B2 and Bus Station, a work of UV Architecture and Huayi Design, offers miles of winding, well-protected bicycle lanes with plenty of convenient parking at the end.
LightPathAKL, a work of Monk Mackenzie Architects + Landlab, offers wide lanes that abound with light, colour, and plenty of spaces to stop and socialise on the way.
Cycling through the Trees by Burolandschap offers circular bicycle lanes in a deeply forested area.
Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex integrates bicycle lanes into a functional metropolitan street plan.
Karen Blixens Plads Public Square by Cobe offers an elegantly contoured bike ramp perfect for biking and walking, with plenty of space for bike parking beneath the ramp.
Melkwegbridge by Purmerend, NL / NEXT architects is an exquisitely designed arched bridge sure to provide a smooth ride.
Twisted Valley by Grupo Aranea offers long, strong-walled bridge ramps easy to access from all angles.
Lex van Delden Bridge / Dok Architecten is a literal rainbow bridge, bright and colourful—also broad enough to accommodate many bicyclists at once.
Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge by ipv Delft is a circle of light with a pinnacle at the centre; a perfect ‘cyclists’ circle.’
Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava is a work of exquisitely contoured ruby red colourfully masquerading as a luminous bicyclist-friendly bridge.
Denmark Pavilion, presented at the Shanghai Expo 2010 by BIG, is a multi-level, flawlessly circular ivory cast pavilion that finds cyclists rounding its arty contours.
Bicycle Club by NL Architects is a pavilion that likens a multi-level oval bike ramp; one where bikers can be found on the roof, inside, and around the structure.
Electra BikeHub by Andrey Ukolov + Ekaterina Osipova is an upscale, very chic bicycle store that has found novel ways to display its broad bike inventory.
Bicycle Hotel Lillestrøm by Various Architects is an expansive, upscale storage unit for bicycles, very convenient for those who wish to store their bikes before travelling on the railway.
Cuyperspassage by Benthem Crouwel Architects is an arched brick building that provides ample parking space for bikes.
Bearing a stronger likeness to a boutique than a bike station, Bicycle Parking Main Station Karlsruhe by TAFKAL is a colourful, ultra-cool bike storage space.
Bicycle Parking by Ector Hoogstad Architecten is a classically styled packing garage culled from concrete, both solid and secure.
Strawinskylaan Bicycle Parking by wUrck blends both modern and traditional elements to produce a secure and fully illuminated bicycle garage.
The South Entrance by Tengbom is a sleekly styled, wood-bordered bicycle storage area with optimum lighting and space amenities.
Coffee and wheels—for what more could one ask? That’s the whole idea behind VOYAGE 798 Coffee House by atelier suasua, which deals in wheels—and mocha—in a slick ultra-modern café setting.
VÈLO7 Cycle Shop by mode-lina architekci is an ultra-contemporary bike boutique, colourful and stylised.
A veritable bike bistro, Distrito Fijo Cycling Club by DCPP arquitectos is an ultra-chic café that serves up bikes with the mocha brews.