[See additional information links below.]
It was a chilly 20 degrees on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, but that didn’t stop Dutch bridge designer Adriaan Kok from touring the proposed Appomattox River Trail with a small group of FOLAR representatives and trail project partners. Adriaan Kok, an industrial designer and project manager with ipv Delft was touring North America on his holiday and reached out to Heather Barrar, the Regional Trails Program Director with FOLAR. “I was flattered that Adriaan chose to visit Richmond and the Tri Cities as one of his six stops across North America” Barrar states. The field trip sparked discussions around new ideas for bicycle and pedestrian bridge designs to cross the Appomattox River – like using a stress ribbon bridge design to connect Radcliffe Park and Ferndale Park or adding a trestle with a hanging bridge to the existing train arches in Petersburg to take advantage of the historical context and existing infrastructure. Tour participants engaged with Adriaan as he sketch his thoughts in the field and expressed his excitement for the region.
The day wrapped up on a warmer note as the John Randolph Foundation hosted a presentation and reception for the community to meet Adriaan. A group of about 50 people, ranging from college students and bicycle advocates to engineers and design professionals from around the Richmond region, attended the event. Adriaan shared the story of his most famous design, the Hovenring and also shared his philosophy for an iterative and inclusive design process. FOLAR appreciates Adriaan for taking time on his holiday to visit the Appomattox River and energize the region around bicycle and bridge concepts.
More information about Adriaan Kok’s visit and works are available through the links below:
- Article in the Progress-Index
- Presentation slides
- Hovenring 20TH Anniversary book
- Bridging the Dutch Landscape, Design Guide for Bridges
- Brief Dutch Design Manual for Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridges
- Additional photos available at the FOLAR Facebook page
- Video: Field Day with FOLAR and Adriaan Kok