According to the designers, construction of elevated decks would be considerably cheaper than building new roads and tunnels. The routes would offer greater health benefits for London residents and would make more efficient use of space, as more car owners could be encouraged to cycle rather than drive to work. If approved, the routes could be in place within 20 years.
Following the death of 14 cyclists last year in London, British architect Norman Foster has unveiled a concept to build a network of elevated pathways above London’s railways to create safe car-free cycling routes. Entitled SkyCycle, the project has been proposed by architects Foster + Partners, landscape architects Exterior Architecture and transport consultant Space Syntax. The idea is to create a “cycling utopia” of approximately 220 kilometers of dedicated cycle lanes, following the routes of the city’s existing train lines.