The initial proposal for the SkyCycle, a system of elevated bike lanes running above London’s busy streets, was first made known in 2012. The project by architects Foster + Partners and Exterior Architecture, and transport consultant Space Syntax was a proposed solution to ensure the safety of urban cyclists.
Architect Sir Norman Foster has recently revealed the plans for the open-air bike lane network, which consist of about 220 kilometers of dedicated bike lanes. The plans reveal that there will be more than 200 entrance points across London to provide access to ten cycle routes. A route will be able to accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and would cut the commuting time across the city by up to half an hour.
Foster, who is a cyclist himself and president of Britain’s National Byway Trust, says,
SkyCycle as 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.
If the plans are approved, Foster estimates that it would take 20 years to complete construction of all ten routes, but the bike lane network will help relieve the congestion in the transport system and can provide alternative commuting options to the growing population. The first phase will stretch from east London to Liverpool Street Station.