Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir (Simone de Beauvoir footbridge)
The Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, Paris's thirty-seventh bridge, is located between Pont de Bercy and Pont de Tolbiac. It connects Quai François Mauriac with Quai de Bercy, giving easy access to the Parc de Bercy on the right bank of the Seine and to the piazza of the François Mitterrand site of the French national library or BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) on the left bank.
At the centre of the footbridge – which comprises a single span with no supporting piers – is an “eye” set aside for activities.
The eye was transported from Lauterbourg, in Eastern France, via inland waterways, in line with the Paris municipality's preference for reliable, environmentally-friendly modes of transport.
A technical achievement
The monumental eye-shaped module – which is 106 metres long and 12 metres wide – contains 550 tonnes of steel. It was built by Eiffel in its plant in Lauterbourg. The construction of such a latticework of metal as a single module was a remarkable technical achievement.
Access via Quai François Mauriac, 13th arrondissement
Metro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand
Parc de Bercy, 12th arrondissement