New York's famous Highline has stimulated all sorts of new urban development and designs around the globe. Architects are now proposing that London build a 136 mile elevated cycling network around the city.
The DesignBoom.com reports:
Exterior Architecture, Foster + Partners and Space Syntax have teamed up to develop ‘SkyCycle’, an above-ground bicycle network that will transform cycling in London. Following existing suburban railway corridors, a wide, secure deck would be constructed above the trains to create new cycle routes throughout the capital city.
The proposed ‘SkyCycle’ network will follow existing suburban rail services and will provide over 220 kilometers car free bike routes which will provide over 200 entrance points. Each route will accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour, giving almost six million people that live within the proposed skyline development easy access to the corridor. As London’s railway lines were originally built for steam trains, they follow contours that naturally reduce the amount of energy expended and avoid steep gradients. Like the Highline in New York, the benefits of the 'Skycycle’ project will regenerate the low value, often underutilized industrial sites next to railway lines; vertically layering the city to create new social spaces and amenities on these cycling high streets, and the integration of automated goods delivery networks.
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