Plans for 'Skycycle' that lets riders commute far above the railways of London


Blackleaf
#1
Plans have been unveiled for a 'SkyCycle' that will let cyclists commute far above the railways of London.

The SkyCycle would cost 220 million - just for the first phase of the project, a four mile stretch from east London to Liverpool Street Station.

In total, the SkyCycle would be 135 miles long and take twenty years to build.

It would be constructed above existing suburban rail lines to create new cycle routes throughout the capital and has been developed by cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster, who designed London skyscraper St Mary Axe, known as 'The Gherkin', and the new 100,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in north west London, which opened in 2007.

The three-storey high routes would be accessed via ramps at more than 200 points.

The developers say almost six million people live within the catchment area of the proposed network, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of an entrance.

Each of the 10 proposed routes can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and will improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, the developers added.


Six cyclists were killed on London's roads last month alone (although, a lot of the time, they only have themselves to blame).


The bicycle highway: Plans unveiled for 220m 'Skycycle' that lets riders commute far above the railways of London


'SkyCycle' is a proposal for a series of three-storey-high paths


It has been proposed by renowned architect Sir Norman Foster


Each of the 10 routes would be used by estimated 12,000 cyclists per hour


Cyclist safety in London is a key concern following a spate of deaths


By Sam Webb
29 December 2013
Daily Mail

Plans for a network of cycle pathways high above the streets of London have been unveiled by one of the world's most prominent architects.


SkyCycle is a 135-mile network of roads that would be constructed above existing suburban rail lines to create new cycle routes throughout the capital and has been developed by cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster, who designed St Mary Axe, known as 'The Gherkin', and the new Wembley Stadium.


The three-storey high routes would be accessed via ramps at more than 200 points.


The first phase is a four mile stretch from east London to Liverpool Street Station would cost an estimated 220m.


I want to ride my bicycle: The SkyCycle, a proposed new network of cycle paths built above London's railways



Each of the 10 proposed routes can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and will improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, it is claimed

The developers say almost six million people live within the catchment area of the proposed network, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of an entrance.

Each of the 10 proposed routes can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and will improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, the developers added. They also claim the scheme would be built over 20 years, providing capacity at a much lower cost than building new roads and tunnels.


Lord Foster said: '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.


'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.'


The developers - Exterior Architecture, Foster + Partners and Space Syntax - added that London’s railway lines were originally built for steam trains and as a result follow contours that naturally reduce the amount of energy expended and avoid steep gradients, a boon for cyclists.


Sam Martin of Exterior Architecture Ltd said: 'SkyCycle is an urban cycling solution for London. A cycling utopia, with no buses, no cars and no stress.


'We are incredibly excited at how, together with Foster + Partners, our idea has been developed and now more recently turned into a truly world-changing scenario by Space Syntax for revolutionising cycling in London and possibly the world.'


However, cycling charity CTC has raised concerns over the wind exposure cyclist would face at such a height, and the steepness of the ramps required to reach the SkyCycle.


Cycling in London is on the rise as a result of increasing congestion and rising fuel costs. File pictures


A cyclist receives emergency medical treatment after being involved in an accident with a lorry in Camden, east London, in November. Six cyclists died in a two week period that same month

Road safety in London recently came to the fore after six cyclists were killed on the capital's roads in the space of under two weeks in November.


Brian Holt, 62; Francis Golding, 69, Roger William De Klerk, 43, Venera Minakhmetova, 24, a 21-year-old man from St John’s Wood and a man believed to be in his 60s all died between November 5 and 18.


A spokesman for Network Rail said: 'We welcome the proposals which have been put forward by Foster + Partners and Exterior Architecture and are always happy to look at ways we can contribute to improving travel and transport in London.


'We will continue to liaise with all involved as the aspiration for this innovative scheme develops.'



SKYCYCLE BY NUMBERS


Three storeys high
10 mph - average cycle speed in London
15 mph - estimated speed after SkyCycle
20 feet wide decks
20 years to build
29 minutes less journey time
135 miles over existing railway services
12,000 cyclists per hour
5.8 million people live close to proposed route
220 million to build first four-mile stretch


GATHERING SPEED: THE GROWTH OF CYCLING IN LONDON

Over the last decade, cycling has grown by 70 per cent – on major roads the number of cyclists has increased by 173 per cent.


However, this still only translates as two per cent of all journeys and falls short of many other UK and European cities.
Road safety is a key factor: Between 2006 and 2011, the number of cycling casualties rose by half.


Cycling accounts for just two per cent of daily journeys, but 20 per cent of deaths and serious casualties on the roads.


London’s population is expected to grow by 12 per cent over the next decade, matching and then exceeding its previous high of 8.6million in 1939.




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Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 29th, 2013 at 02:17 PM..
 
darkbeaver
#2
How will snow removal be accomplished? I think it's a damn good idea but I would cover them with glass.
 
petros
#3
Where are the flying bicycles promised in the 70's?
 
Goober
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

How will snow removal be accomplished? I think it's a damn good idea but I would cover them with glass.

No rails, no barriers, ice them up and watch em fly.
 
bill barilko
#5
Quote:

cycling charity CTC has raised concerns over the wind exposure cyclist would face at such a height, and the steepness of the ramps required to reach the SkyCycle.

Cycling charity?

WTF?

I could use some charity when I'm tired after work and have to navigate home maybe someone I could phone for a (free) ride.

And wind-can they take the bite out of the wind and the steepness out of the hills?

Small wonder the Briddish lost their empire-what a bunch of gutless snivelers.



Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Where are the flying bicycles promised in the 70's?

Patience Grasshopper patience.
 

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