SkyCycle: elevated bike network in london by foster + partners
original content
jan 02, 2014
SkyCycle: elevated bike network in london by foster + partners


SkyCycle: elevated bike network in london by foster + partners, exterior architecture and space syntax
image courtesy foster + partners

 

 

 

exterior architecture, foster + partners and space syntax have teamed up to develop ‘SkyCycle’, an above-ground bicycle network that will transform cycling in london. following existing suburban railway corridors, a wide, secure deck would be constructed above the trains to create new cycle routes throughout the capital city.

 

the proposed ‘SkyCycle’ network will follow existing suburban rail services and will provide over 220 kilometers car free bike routes which will provide over 200 entrance points. each route will accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour, giving almost six million people that live within the proposed skyline developement easy access to the corridor. as london’s railway lines were originally built for steam trains, they follow contours that naturally reduce the amount of energy expended and avoid steep gradients. like the highline in new york, the benefits of the ‘skycycle’ project will regenerate the low value, often underutilized industrial sites next to railway lines; vertically layering the city to create new social spaces and amenities on these cycling high streets, and the integration of automated goods delivery networks.

 

 

SkyCycle: a transport icon for london
video courtesy room60

 

 

‘cycling is one of my great passions – particularly with a group of friends,’ explains lord foster. ‘I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle, rather than drive, are more congenial places in which to live. to improve the quality of life for all in london and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe. the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of london’s streets, where space is already at a premium. 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, ‘ he adds.

 

 

 

 

‘skycycle is conceived in this tradition as a network of strategic connections from the suburban edges to the centre, adding the much needed capacity for hundreds of millions of cycle journeys every year with all the social, economic, environmental and health benefits to london that follow,’ says anna rose of space syntax. ‘it’s a cycling utopia, with no buses, no cars and no stress’ add sam martin & oli clark of exterior architecture ltd

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library