A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the Rhone in Lyon – “La Passerelle de la Paix” – reveals the landscape and urban changes in the region.
This portion of the river is part of the development of the city to the north. The footbridge links the conference center “Cité Internationale” and the district of St. Clair as well as two major parks on each side of the river, forming a landmark that is first seen from the high-speed rail track entering Lyon.
The bridge crosses the river with a span of just over 500 feet. Two cantilevers built from a three-dimensional asymmetric tube structure join in the middle of the river. The structure is extremely slender and allows for maximum transparency.
Two walkways lead to the riverbanks. The major one on top links the quay level, the 16-foot width is divided into a bicycle lane and a footpath facing toward the city. The second walkway follows the lower arch of the structure and links the lower riverbanks. In the middle of the river the two paths join and form a large public space offering a spectacular view.
The wooden deck is made in oak wood and prevents slipping through the integration of epoxy resin bands with silex. The stainless steel handrails have incorporated LED lights and cable-net filling.
In the evening, additional lights integrated into the structure transform the bridge into a magical place, adding a new chapter to the great history of urban scenic light in the city of Lyon.