Forget walking on water, how about cycling on it?
Okay, so it’s just a proposal, and, like this proposed series of elevated cycleways, it’ll almost certainly never see the light of day. Still, the ‘Thames Deckway’ – a floating 12-kilometre pathway running from Battersea to Canary Wharf that’s been pitched by artist Anna Hill and architect David Nixon – would certainly go some way to sorting out London’s traffic woes.
If it does happen, the path would be totally car-free and a swift cycle from one end to the other would take just 30 minutes. To break up the route there would be a series of stopping points and ramps allowing users to exit or take a break. Pedestrians are welcome, too, but presumably only the ones absolutely intent on suicide.
It sounds pretty nifty, but how much will it cost? £600 million! No, not for cyclists, that’s how much the River Cycleway Consortium Ltd think it will cost their private investors. The price to us would be £1.50 per journey. (Phew, that’s better!)
Read about London’s new 18-mile, cross-city segregated cycleways, which definitely are happening.
For more floating London news take a look at Covent Garden floating in mid-air.