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Boris’s blue sky thinking for city cyclists

Posted at 3:30 pm, September 7, 2012 in Fun London, Transport

Hoverbikes for London may be a long way off, but Boris has come up with an idea that could get cyclists a lift, literally. His latest harebrained scheme is SkyCycle, a series of elevated cycle lanes across the city similar to the High Line in New York. Initial proposed pathways designed by Exterior Architecture would connect up Stratford with the City, via Liverpool and Fenchurch Street stations and it’s looking like you would need to use your Oyster card, with each journey costing £1 – kinda defeating the point of cycling being free and all, but maybe all the great views into people’s bedrooms would give good value for money? Mr Martin, director of Exterior Architecture says: ‘TfL estimate the number of journeys made by bike will treble to around 1.5 million by 2020. Where are they meant to go? SkyCycle is the next logical step, because you can’t realistically build more cycle lanes on ground level. You have to start knocking down buildings and there will always be the problem of traffic. It will be less safe than it is now and you can’t persuade people to get on bikes as it is even if you keep raising taxes on cars. Boris loves the idea and Network Rail are really positive about it. I sincerely believe it could be the next significant piece of London infrastructure and would transform the capital.’ Watch this space!

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