SkyCycle Photos: Space Syntax

Two-wheeled commuters in London, England could very well find themselves biking over the city in the future.

The elevated SkyCycle proposal, which we first told you about more than a year ago, is finally being put forward for consultation.

If approved, the 136-mile (219 km) long system would see 10 different bike routes built above existing rail lines over the next 20 years. The car-free routes would be accessed via ramps at more than 200 points and could each accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour. The developers say commute times would be cut down by up to 29 minutes per journey. The project would cost more than $331.2 million (£200 million).

Foster + Partners have been working with Exterior Architecture and Space Syntax on the concept since 2012. Speaking to BBC News, Foster + Partners founder Norman Foster says that to encourage a new generation of cyclists, London has to make bike infrastructure safer. Foster told BBC News:

“…the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of London’s streets, where space is already at a premium. SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city. By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

The SkyCycle plan will be sent out to interested parties for feedback before a planning application is submitted to London city officials.

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For more, read the BBC article here.

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