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Diving from Cykelslangen dangerous and illegal

Daredevils jumping from the new bike bridge put themselves and others at risk, official says


Great for biking. Diving ... not so much (Photo: Wikipedia)

July 25, 2014
13:50

by Ray Weaver


Cykelslangen, Copenhagen's new bike bridge, was used as a diving platform by at least three young men yesterday. The head of Copenhagen’s technical and environmental department wants to nip the dangerous practice in the bud.

“It is illegal to swim outside designated areas in the port, and it surprises me that people choose to put their lives at risk,” Torben Gleesborg told DR Nyheder.

Gleesborg  said that jumpers aren’t just risking their own safety.

“Boaters in the harbor have no chance to see or avoid people who suddenly jump into the water,” said Gleesborg.

A jumping fad
Gleesborg said that he didn’t think that extra signage saying that jumping from the bridge is illegal would do much good. The boys that jumped yesterday said that they knew full well that diving from the bridge was against the law.

READ MORE: City bicycle bridges facing further delays

The new bridge is attracting a lot of interest right now, and Gleesborg said he wants to see if the problem fades after the interest has died down. 



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