today I had the opportunity to ride around the city for awhile in between sending emails, making contacts, and setting up meetings. I made it a mission to get to at least a couple of neighborhoods that I hadn't seen yet. I decided to ride southwest along the coast to check out a couple of places and neighborhoods along the way.
|leaving Vastra Hamnen behind along the coast along the Ribersborg "beach"|
the first official stop was Linhamn. Limhamn is a sleepy outskirt of Malmo about halfway between the city center and the Oresund Bridge. it saw some growth about 50 years ago with some new apartments but sat quietly for some time after. recently there have been some upgrades including several new apartment buildings. one piece of Limhamn sticks out into the ocean as an island and it was there that I found some neat places such as this constructed water inlet amphitheater.
water "amphitheater" on the Or of Limhamn
for a little fishing village so close to Malmo city center, it was surprising how empty the place felt, but it was a weekday during business hours. I saw an older man being pushed in a wheelchair and said hej. he said hej hej. I saw some older european village style houses and ran into a woman with a stroller picking wild blackberries. besides the houses, I also liked this gabion wall set in front of the one cafe on the island.
gabion wall on the Or of Limhamn with cafe and new apartment building in the background
elementary school in Bellevue with plenty of bike parking for the kids
underpass for the bike path made of cast in place concrete
after the underpass I made quick progress to the heart of the new center of Hyllie. Hyllie is southwest of the city center and was once mostly farmland but has recently gained prominence as a development area for Malmo due to the newly constructed Hyllie station (built as part of the major Malmo City Tunnel project), which is just two stops from Copenhagen and two from Malmo center.
before the Oresund Bridge was constructed linking Sweden to Denmark (Malmo to Copenhagen) one needed to take a ferry for the 6 mile crossing. In 1999 the bridge was completed linking the two countries and creating opportunity for growth in Malmo and job access across the Oresund Strait, which serves as both the physical border between the two countries and a psychological divide due to the time and effort it took to get from one side to the other. now a commute from Malmo to Copenhagen is a mere 25 minutes and about $15.
|view from Vastra Hamnen toward Oresund Bridge|
entry to the Malmo city library
main entry to library serves as a helpdesk, information center, and meeting place. cafe in background.
street is open for cars to park but through traffic is for bikes only. a couple of simple bollards deter cars.
the bicycle roundabout. a fan favorite. note the signs directing to different neighborhoods and landmarks in the city.