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ISEMOA Good Practice Fact Sheet

Title in original language Mesarski most in sodoben rečni pristan tudi za PRM
Title in English Butchers' Bridge and a modern river pier also for PRM
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Year 07/2010
Initiator City administration
Developed by
(one pick only)
  • Administration / Political actor
Implementation Area
  • City
  • Urban
Supported accessibility level
  • Micro accessibility
Elements of the working process - Preconditions
  • User needs
Elements of the working process - Policy
  • Leadership
Elements of the working process - Strategy
  • Programme / Plan
  • Partnerships
  • Budget
Elements of the working process - Monitoring and Evaluation
  • User / society results
  • Stakeholder feedback
Type of PRM Affected
  • Motor impaired
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - Ferry
  • Stops / stations
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Pedestrian / wheelchair
  • Availability
  • Quality
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Cycling
  • Availability
  • Quality
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Road Design
  • Freedom of barriers
  • Information
Why is it a good practice example? This new bridge was designed not only for pedestrians and cyclists, as most of the other bridges across the River Ljubljanica, but also allows the passage of people in wheelchairs and parents with baby carriages. It is a best practice example, that should be copied and it is raising awareness among stakeholders to construct public spaces and mobility opportunities for PRM.

It is also the first pier in the centre of the city, which meets modern standards and the pilot scheme for new piers in the future. It will be used by citizens and tourists navigating the city.
Background and Objectives / Aims In July 2010, Ljubljana gained a new and long expected bridge and a modern river pier under the bridge. The first public anonymous competition for the Butchers' Bridge was officially published 20 years ago, but it has taken until now to finally construct it.

The bridge, with a length of 33 metres and a width of more than 17 metres, is designed for pedestrians and cyclists. The difference in height between the left and right bank of the Ljubljanica is negotiated by a stairway accompanied by a winding ramp to allow passage for people in wheelchairs and parents with baby carriages. This ramp has wheel-slide protection.
Implementation (incl. obstacles, public participation) Jože Plecnik had already 100 years ago foreseen the connection among the market and Petkovško quay. The construction licence for the bridge was gained in November 2009 and construction started straight away. In March 2010 the bridge was assembled and in June 2010 final adjustments were made, technical examinations carried out and transfer of maintenance of the bridge handed over. The bridge's ramps are technically accomplished and perfectly suited to the construction, however in low visibility and driving wider electric wheelchairs it requires very careful moving. At the Ljubljana marketplace in the bridge basement is a connection with the existing elevator in the Plecnik market shed. There are also new public toilets and the access to a planned car park under the marketplace. There is also a station for the vessels of the urban river traffic under the bridge, which is also accessible to passengers in wheelchairs thanks to the adapted elevator and stairs. The Butchers Bridge over the Ljubljanica River is located between the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, at the heart of the former butchery sheds. Therefore, the bronze sculptures of Jacov Brdar are the integral part of the bridge. Brdar has equipped the bridge with the sculptures, which allow the passerby to observe the modern architecture, and also from Plecnik, to observe the river, sculpture solutions of the artist and recognition of themselves.
  • In Euro [EUR]: 2.930.000
Conclusions (incl. output, analysis of benefits) The opening of the Butchers’ Bridge is not only good for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users, it is also important for the boatmen, as they have got the first pier which meets all modern standards in the city centre. It is expected that a few more piers will be constructed in the year 2011, which will enable future public transport of local inhabitants around the city along the Ljubljanica River.

It is also supposed to become a place for meeting other people and enjoyment. The Butchers’ Bridge was constructed as a spatial planning intervention and urban public space, not only for crossing the river but also as a symbol, as the bridge and the marketplace will be the place for social networking in Ljubljana.
Source / Link http://ljubljanski.projekti.si/ozivitev-nabrezij-ljubljanice-mesarski-most.aspx; http://www.ljubljana.si/si/zivljenje-v-ljubljani/v-srediscu/68628/detail.html; Slovenian language
Information - documents mma_bin.pdf (4.986 KB)
0907mesarski-most_teh_podat_1_.pdf (105 KB)