Designers Debut Pop-up Bike Lanes
Lego-style paths offer temporary solution for cyclists
For exclusive access to all of our fitness, gear, adventure, and travel stories, plus discounts on trips, events, and gear, sign up for Outside+ today.
No bike lane? No problem. At least in Copenhagen, anyway. That’s where the Copenhagenize Design Company has debuted The Flow: inexpensive yet high-quality, pre-fabricated, interlocking modules that snap together to form a temporary cycling path.
The Flow is being hailed as the “gateway drug” to cycle-friendly cities by allowing municipalities to experiment with bike lanes without spending a lot of money. “Cities can kickstart their bicycle infrastructure network at a fraction of the price and see virtually instant results,” reads Copenhagenize’s website. “It’s a low-risk investment with long-term benefits.”
Each Lego-like block is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and wood, according to Inhabitat.com. In addition to being slip-resistant and water-permeable, the blocks are easy to put together; a small team can link together a half-mile of track in one day.
“A larger team will just make it go quicker and father,” the company said. “The ease of implementation makes it possible even for families with children to participate in the process.”