Foster + Partners with Exterior Architecture and Space Syntax have released enhanced plans for the SkyCycle scheme which, if approved, will see a 135-mile system of cycle paths introduced to London. The SkyCycle proposal incorporates a network of cycle lanes above railway tracks throughout London with access ramps at 200 points.
The project first came to light in 2012 when Exterior Architecture released early concept designs which used the existing Oyster Card system to charge cyclists for using the network.
Lord Foster has 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.”
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