SkyCycle: Cycle Lanes Above the City
UK studio Exterior Architecture has revealed a highly unorthodox design concept for alternative cycle routes in London, which would take cyclists both through and above the city. Known as SkyCycle, the design is based around a network of elevated cycle lanes and includes a glass tunnel with an open top.
The idea – which comes with a proposed £1 charge per journey – aims to address problems of over-congestion on the city’s roads, especially safety concerns for cyclists who frequently have to contend with large, potentially dangerous vehicles.
London’s mayor Boris Johnson is considering the plans as he aims to transform the capital into a cyclised city. The concept would also provide a unique vantage point from which to view the capital. The project is still in the design phase but, should the plans become concrete, SkyCycle could hit the city in a workable format by 2015.
With the number of journeys made by bike in London expected to treble to 1.5 million in the period from 2012 to 2020, design solutions that cater to this booming demographic are becoming increasingly relevant. For more on how brands and retailers are embracing and exploiting the new tribes of cycle-loving consumers, see the reports The Bike Shop Boom and Cycle Chic.
For more on the larger discussion about how cities can best tap into this potential (including a focus on designing bike-friendly cities and the tourism benefits of doing so), see our Events report, Velo-City Global 2012.