Unused London Metro Lines May Be Converted into Subterranean Bike Paths
Rising populations call for the transformation of the capital's disused parts of the Tube
London’s population is anticipated to reach 10 million by 2029, that’s an increase of over 2 million people as of 2013. This influx of citizens directly affects the transport system as there are also expected to be 400 percent more cyclists by the year 2025. Now, design firm Gensler aims to combat this problem with The London Underline project, which recently won the award for Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning Awards, hosted by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Created in 2014, the scheme proposes to revamp disused tube tunnels into an underground circuit for cycling enthusiasts and pedestrians. There will also be additional spaces built for cultural and retail initiatives to set up shop and promote their brand in front of the predicted millions of passersby. Both Momentum Transport Planning and Pavegen consulted on the project, which is also answering to London’s high pollution issues (according to King College London’s air research group, Oxford Street “has some of the world’s highest recorded levels of nitrogen dioxide.”) Tech company Pavegen designed the kinetic energy system that will be inbuilt into the network, which will consist of paving slabs that cleverly convert energy from people’s footsteps into electrical power.