Norway opens Europe’s longest walkway and cycle tunnel

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Norway has opened the longest walkway and cycle tunnel in Europe, offering a car-free commute to pedestrians and cyclists. The 2.9-kilometre tunnel runs through a mountain and connects the residential area of Fyllingsdalen to the city centre of Bergen. The tunnel is set to open on April 25.

The tunnel is expected to take commuters 8-10 minutes to ride through or 35-45 minutes to walk through. It was originally an escape tunnel for trams but it was repurposed.

Clever architectural thinking

The tunnel runs parallel to a light rail tunnel and is the result of clever architectural thinking. Project manager Arild Tveit explained that artists were brought in to create designs that would make the tunnel interesting and not monotonous. Murals, paintings and sculptures have been placed throughout the tunnel, and the pathway is lit by colourful light displays that change from blue to purple, red and green.

The centerpiece of the tunnel is a giant tree-like sculpture located in one section of the tunnel. Its rainbow-coloured branches are illuminated with various coloured lights, and there is seating for the public to use. The tunnel aims to reduce traffic for commuters, and make cycling a more convenient and safer option.

Opening

The tunnel is set to open on April 25, and the occasion will be marked with a foot race and bike parade. Commuters will be able to enjoy the unique experience of riding or walking through an underground space that is illuminated with colourful lights and adorned with works of art.

In addition to providing a car-free commute, the tunnel is also an example of repurposing existing infrastructure. What was once an escape tunnel for trams has been transformed into a unique space that serves the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.

Overall, the tunnel provides a new and exciting way for people to commute, while also offering a glimpse into the possibilities of creative urban planning.