Wheels in the sky – An Artist’s impression gives stunning vision of Boris planned elevated London bike network

  • First phase of SkyCycle would link Stratford with City of London by 2015
  • Commuters expected to pay £1 per journey
  • Scheme could cost ‘tens of millions of pounds

Mr Johnson considers an architect’s proposals for a network of elevated cycle paths between London’s mainline stations. The spectacular artist’s impressions of what the city’s raised cycle network, has been given the name SkyCycle.

Drawings showing a futuristic raised glass open-top tunnel, that have drawn comparisons with New York’s High Line, could become a reality as soon as 2015.

Sam Martin, 43, the landscape architect who came up with the idea with a colleague two years ago, said discussions between the Mayor and Network Rail were ‘going well’ since an initial meeting in May and that feasibility studies over potential sites were already underway.

He stressed that plans were at an early stage, but the proposal was focused on commuters who would pay to use the network with an Oyster card.

Sam Martin's designs for SkyCycle, a bike network above the capital's streets.

Sam Martin’s designs for SkyCycle, a bike network above the capital’s streets.

SkyCycle could become a reality above the streets of London as soon as 2015.

SkyCycle could become a reality above the streets of London as soon as 2015.

The SkyCycle idea has drawn comparisons with New York's High Line, pictured, which uses the city's old railway lines as walkways.

The SkyCycle idea has drawn comparisons with New York’s High Line, pictured, which uses the city’s old railway lines as walkways.

Effective segregation of road traffic is central to most campaigners’ demands for greater safety, and SkyCycle is one of the most extreme methods of separating bicycles from cars on the agenda. By building a new network of cycle paths high above existing roads and railways, the scheme would create a series of cycle superhighways across London, with specific entry and exit points throughout the city.

“Any long distance bicycle commute would be less likely to encounter large heavy goods vehicles if we are able to build a few of these elevated cycleways,” says Sam Martin, founder of Exterior Architecture, the firm behind the designs.

Brian Macdowall, of the Alliance for British Drivers, thinks the project could work in principle. The problem with inserting cycle lanes at the roadside usually means narrowing the road itself, which can aggravate congestion. “If the cycle lanes could run along major routes without loss of road space to motorists, then it would help.” He is concerned that the cost would prevent the plans becoming a reality, however. Martin estimates the initial cost at £200m for the first 6.5km artery.

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