VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #191: False Creek Had A Giant Trampoline Bridge

October 16, 2012 

(via Design Boom) “Installed near the Bir-Hakeim bridge [in Paris], the conception is formed out of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – developing in space with an arch-like form. Designed entirely of light materials, the project crosses the Seine at a specific point; it can of course adapt to larger or smaller dimensions at other sites [my italics].”

How many fewer people would commute by car across False Creek’s three bridges if a fourth was built and it was a giant trampoline? Who wouldn’t want to safely hilariously bounce across it? This being Vancouver, helmets would be mandatory, but it would still be the best rush hour ever! Look into it, Gregor et al. Earn your money today.

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  • http://www.atlantictrampolines.co.uk Atlantic Trampolines

    This is a fantastic idea and although perhaps a little impractial it would be great fun. I’m sure it would be an enormous tourist attraction. http://bit.ly/TYhITx

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  • Sally

    YESSS! Dear god, YESSSS!

  • Jean Campbell

    Sure – it would be fun, but where is the money going to come ?

    For approximately 680 thaousand people in Vancouver proper, we only have 3 outdoor swimming pools and 3 bowling alleys. Many community centers and indoor pools need replacing. Let’s spend our money wisely. Replace old recreational assets and increase pools and bowling alleys – don’t eliminate them. These are the things that build and make a neighbourhood great – not a bouncy bridge.

    Oh yeah, and there is also the problem of the homeless…….

  • Scout Magazine

    ^ buzzkill

  • Tom

    Wait there’s a homeless problem? And pews are all tax-deductible real estate?

    Replacing public pools is a great idea, but let’s face it, so is a trampoline bridge.

  • http://www.activitytoysdirect.com Activity Toys Direct

    Great idea but i bet they’d have to have traffic controls, make sure everyone goes the same direction. Otherwise I can see quite a lot of bruises. http://tinyurl.com/kv2zq3c