Access to 3D Printed Steel Bridge Amsterdam Difficult for Elderly
NL Times reported that stepping onto the bridge can be dangerous for the elderly and people with disabilities on iconic 3D printed bridge on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam but. On one side of the sculpted piece, two large steps marked with yellow paint lead up to the bridge. Without a ramp or railing, accessing the bridge is difficult, or impossible, for anyone in a wheelchair or who otherwise has trouble walking. It regularly happens that someone requires assistance stepping off of the bridge
A spokesperson of the city district said “Originally, the plan was to build a small ramp to make the bridge wheelchair accessible, but that was taking longer than expected. In the meantime, we tried to make the situation apparent with yellow paint and a sign, and hope that was enough.”
The bridge, designed by Joris Laarman, was opened on July 15 by Queen Máxima. It weighs around six tons and will remain on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal for two years. The design of the bridge was shown during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in 2018 where it won the Dutch Design award and also an audience award.