Lord Norman Foster, the architect who designed London’s Gherkin tower, has proposed a network of elevated bike paths hoisted above railway lines, allowing you to zip through London liberated from the roads.
Titled ‘SkyCycle,’ the cycling routes would follow London’s existing suburban rail services for over 136 miles, allowing cyclists to traverse the city without encountering cars or pedestrians.
“I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle rather than drive are more congenial places in which to live,” said Foster, who shares cycling as one of his great passions, particularly with friends.
“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.”
SkyCycle would consist of a number of routes, most of which would connect with other lines at points. Each route would be able to accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour. The network as a whole would serve almost six million people, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of one of its 200 entrances. As the majority of London’s rail network was created in the steam era, the tracks follow the path of least resistance, avoiding steep gradients and making them ideal routes for cycling.