This is the outline for a proposal for a new kind of elevated cycle way. The sky cycle way is an elevated cycle network which reduces commute time for travel for cyclists. This network turns any city into a flat Amsterdam or Cambridge. We believe this is the lowest cost for installation for any personal rapid transit system.
Within 20 years, reductions in the prevalences of type 2 diabetes, dementia, ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cancer because of increased physical activity would lead to savings of roughly UK£17 billion (in 2010 prices) for the
NHS, after adjusting for an increased risk of road traffic injuries. Further costs would be averted after 20 years. 17 Billion is a lot of elevated cycle lanes and cycle monorails....
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Another curious proposal. Naturally it will be quicker and have far more capacity if every tube line was converted into a cycle lane. A dense row of bicycles gives you a huge capacity and given that the bicycles are not stopping the time taken to cycle would be a little bit less than the tube.
All of this proposal's claims are exactly those for elevated cycle lanes. Generally one would never think of building an underground network because of the very high expense of digging tunnels. There is a reason why crossrail is costing in the billions of pounds to dig. All of this goes out the window if the tunnel already exists. I have previously reported on a Spanish underground cycle lane which seem to be fairly successful. So it is rather pleasing to report on a proposal for a cycle lane which Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning awards.
My first response is it would be interesting to see people's path planning given that they have two walk/cycle into a lift and then go down. on the elevated cycle system there is generally a smooth ramp on ( with a tow rope to pull you up) and the smooth ramp off ( which you can freewheel off). I have never seen a proposal for an elevated system with lifts - it seems like an unnecessary interruption to momentum. However given the fact that you can cycle as fast as you like pedestrian Free and without a hint of danger it makes an interesting question.
As always I have issues with cycle lane provision designed clearly by non-cyclist designed around what free Spaces available rather than where cyclists really want to go. However central London is dense enough that this might just work.