It cost a few bob, but my word – I love this bridge. Linking the Capital Quarter office development and the retail centre of Cardiff (Tyndall Street to Bute Terrace in old money) the Smart bridge lops off an almighty detour around, then over, the railway track. It also allows you to very effectively ride (or wheel) your bike around the wiggly bit and pop out on the other side without getting off (unless you’re wheeling of course). This has absolutely come into its own now that the very busy – and arterial – Windsor Road Bridge is being disassembled so that Network Rail can replace it/Have a massive game of Jenga. Apparently this will take over a year to complete.
One of the nice things about using this bridge – apart from the slightly dizzying descent – is that popping out on the south side of the bridge drops you straight onto a network of cycle lanes (cycle lanes almost connect with the Northern side). With a bit of luck, this design will form the template for future cycling sympathetic bridges. I just hope they can get that whopping price tag down.
Below: Artist impression of the bridge. Top image: The reality – a fellow commuter descends the spiral.