The project combines the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban design. The integral design acquires a layered function within the city. First of all, it serves as an important link between the new and the old city. It is estimated that more than 7,000 bicycles save many minutes of time every day on their route to and from the city centre. Secondly, the project is a catalyst for the further development of the public space in the district: by integrating various functions and making the bridge part of the public space, it has become an important meeting place for local residents and schoolchildren. A forgotten piece of land has been transformed into a new, vibrant public space. The new housing development that has been realized next to the bridge and the school and the Victor Hugo Plantsoen support this development.
Ever since the opening, the Dafne Schippersbrug has been embraced by the residents of Utrecht as an icon for the new connection between the Leidsche Rijn and Oog in Al districts. The bridge is not only an inspiring example of efficient use of space but also of an integrated approach in a complex urban context. The bridge is much more than a fast bicycle connection: for residents and for the city it is a symbol for a new, connected city.