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China's dizzying 'Bicycle Skyway' is the longest elevated cycleway in the world -- take a look

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If residents of Xiamen, China want to avoid the city’s gridlock, they can now travel by bike on a new elevated cycleway.

Completed in February 2017, the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway covers five major residential areas and three business centres in the city.

Dissing + Weitling Architecture, the Danish architecture firm behind the structure, told Business Insider that the cycleway is the longest of its kind in the world.

Check it out below.

Located in China's Fujian province, the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway stretches nearly five miles and can handle 2,023 bikes at a time.

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It hovers nearly 17 feet above the road ...

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... but just below the raised bus transit line, known as the BRT, in Xiamen's downtown area. It connects with the city's existing public transit at certain points, too.

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The lanes weave through the city. D+W Architecture incorporated large loops to keep the path at a continuous, low elevation, Steen Savery Trojaborg, the firm's CEO, tells BI.

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Most urban infrastructure still prioritises the needs of cars. But many cities are also building extensive bike lanes and improving public transit.

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The city of Copenhagen, Denmark, for example, is building 26 cycling superhighways that will span 186 miles.

'Good infrastructure is all about accessibility, mobility, and connectivity ... while adding something extra to a city's identity or creating a more vibrant and enjoyable urban space,' Trojaborg said.

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