Luxembourg opened Europe’s longest cycling bridge, enabling cyclists to cross the 1,200 meters between the southern city of Esch-Sur-Alzette to the university in nearby Belval without hassle from cars.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on one of the last days of 2022, after the close of the European Capital of Culture festival in Esch, which the bridge – which cost almost 50 million euros – should have been ready for.

This traffic-related investment also includes a tunnel section as an underpass to railway tracks and 1.2 hectares of landscaping and green space creation.  

But lengthy negotiations with steel giant ArcelorMittal, which holds most of the land over which the cycle and pedestrian path cross, held up the work.

The bridge is part of a cycle path of 2 km that also provides access to Rock’n’Roll Avenue near the Rockhall. Whilst the extended cycling path opens this year, its completion will be in 2025 when works on the ramps for people with reduced mobility, as well as lifts and stairs at the Belval side of the connection, are completed.

According to luxtimes