SKYCYCLE AIMS TO TRANSFORM LONDON INTO “CYCLING UTOPIA”

SkyCycle Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”
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SKYCYCLE AIMS TO TRANSFORM LONDON INTO “CYCLING UTOPIA”



Written by Robert Foster
06 Monday 06th January 2014

After 14 cyclist deaths in London last year, architect Norman Foster has unveiled plans to build a network of elevated pathways above London’s railways to create safe car-less cycling routes. Called SkyCycle, the project has been proposed by architects Foster + Partners, landscape architects Exterior Architecture and transport consultant Space Syntax. The idea is to create a “cycling utopia” of approximately 220 kilometers of dedicated cycle lanes, following the routes of the city’s existing train lines.

According to the designers, construction of elevated decks would be much cheaper than building new roads and tunnels. The routes would bring some health benefits to London residents and would make more efficient use of space, as more car owners would cycle rather than drive to work. If approved, the routes could be in place within 20 years.

But if this happens, what will these guys have to complain about?

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