Photo Courtesy of Foster + Partners
London’s residents may be looking at a new skyline in 20 years with a proposed SkyCycle project that aims to create bicycle routes that sit high above existing suburban railway corridors. Foster + Partners and Space Syntax are collaborating on creating a secure, wide deck above trains that would give cyclists approximately 136 miles of car-free roads.
The cycling freeways would be accessible at over 200 locations and each route can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour. Aside from the better air quality benefits of biking, the catchment area will be available to almost six million people. Of those, half live nearby and within 10 minutes of an entrance and those taking the path will have their journey improve by 29 minutes. Room60, a creative team with a background in landscape architecture, created a short animation of what the project would look like.
"Cycling is one of my great passions – particularly with a group of friends. And I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle, rather than drive, are more congenial places in which to live. To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe,” said Lord Foster, Founder and Chairman of Foster + Partners. “However, 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."