That’s One Way to Get High, Foster and Partners unveil SkyCycle in London

Whoa, I missed the boat on this one.
Lord Norman Foster is a UK architect who has given us such things in NYC as the Hearst Tower 400px-Hearstowernyc and the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo…Zoo-kbh-2005

He’s also behind the soon to be completed (2016), Two World Trade Center down by the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan.
Lord Foster and his, design firm Foster + Partners has a huge list of architectural accomplishments around the world.

At the beginning of 2014 they unveiled their new SkyCycle plan that is slated to bring elevated bikeways above the rail lines of the crowded London streets.


Here is a short video of this ambitious project:

Here is an article about Foster + Partners plans for a 135 mile elevated bicycle super highway from the Guardian.

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated ‘SkyCycle’ bike routes in London
By: Oliver Wainwright
January 2nd, 2014

Gliding through the air on a bike might so far be confined to the fantasy realms of singing nannies and aliens in baskets, but riding over rooftops could one day form part of your regular commute to work, if Norman Foster has his way.

Unveiled this week, in an appropriately light-headed vision for the holiday season, SkyCycle proposes a network of elevated bike paths hoisted aloft above railway lines, allowing you to zip through town blissfully liberated from the roads.

The project, which has the backing of Network Rail and Transport for London, would see over 220km of car-free routes installed above London’s suburban rail network, suspended on pylons above the tracks and accessed at over 200 entrance points. At up to 15 metres wide, each of the ten routes would accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, according to the designers.

Lord Foster, who says that cycling is one of his great passions, describes the plan as “a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city.”

“By using the corridors above the suburban railways,” he said, “we could create a world-class network of safe, car-free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

Read more: here.

Norman recently gave a lecture for TED, about modern architecture achievements taking lessons from past necessities.

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