In the summer of 2006 Copenhagen had its first new bridge across the harbour for 50 years. The bridge is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians only, giving them a much needed short cut between Vesterbro and Islands Brygge. The bridge is five and a half metres wide and characterized by architectural simplicity. A steel structure is stretched in a gentle arc between the two harbour piers, possibly reminiscent of a spinal column, and the bridge is able to open for passing ships by having one of the spans swing to one side. At night-time the light fittings in the bridge railings form a luminous ribbon right across the harbour.