At the very end of last year plans emerged for a potential cycle ‘sky’ way in London. The idea is the brain child of London’s world famous architect and designer Norman Foster. He has designed a cycle-path that enables cyclists to ride above the traffic, cutting down on travel time and improve on personal safety. It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie, riding on a huge elevated platform that sits over major roads is a bizarre, yet intriguing idea. This idea has come at a time when London’s roads are more dangerous than ever, with a record number of deaths, the time has come for a safer and better designed cycle way to be put in place.
With London’s roads busier than ever and space at a premium, the only place that Foster could look was up. ‘SkyCycle’ is 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.’
But all this design comes at a cost, with a budgeted £220 million just for the first ‘test’ stretch proposed from east London to Liverpool street. The cost could mount up for this proposed 221km sky-way. Are the figures of accidents and deaths on London’s roads enough to change the way that the government thinks about cycling, is the budget there to create such a major cycle way? Also with several factors of the design to be questioned, will this idea make it? I hope so, the idea of being able to cycle in London without having to worry about vehicles would be amazing. Also enabling new cyclists to feel more confident in cycling, getting people on bikes is always a great thing and something that any government should encourage.