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.
he 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, which 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.