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.
Cheap By having the lightest possible vehicle structure, it is the lightest and possibly cheapest elevated concept available.
Cheap By having a very light network its possible to both mass produce track and have light foundations which reduces installation time.
Cheap Self funding. Unlike at grade cycle lanes entrance and exits are limited to stations. This permits the possibility of a low toll to help finance further expansion.
Cheap compared to light rail, monorails and busses, by having no drivers, the elevated network has a small work force reducing costs. Most cycle networks have a zero work force.
Cheap the elevated network has no complex mission critical electronics and power distribution system. The only maintenance is too the escalators - which are a well known off-the-self product and making sure the bridges are structurally sound.
Cheap the only powered items are the station escalators and the internal lighting. This is a very low energy demand compared to monorails, light rail and evaluated rail. No high power systems have to be installed in the local network.
Cheap the right of way for dedicated track is cheaper for elevated concepts than at grade. By being built over the sidewalk or over the current city streets zero cost can be incurred.
Cheap A cycle network is significantly more friendly a neighbor to have near your house or business than a train line, light rail or monorail track. By being a positive neighbor there is less likely hood of local objections changing route and delaying installation.
Cheap By providing a mode of transport to station there is less need for space around the station for park-and-ride movement reducing land cost.
Cheap Unlike Monorails,buses, light rail,heavy rail and PRT. The growth in the network is no limited to rate at which vehicles are purchased and installed on the system. This removes the problem of initial system deployment where small numbers of vehicles can cause large apparent delays. If the system becomes more popular more quickly it will not cause the expense and delay of a large number of new carriages to be purchased.
Low risk. Unlike a PRT no new technology has be to be developed and tried out. All the components, escalators, lifts, surveillance cameras,bridges,bicycles are super low risk concepts which just have to be brought together. By being a technologically simple concept there will be no delays in installation caused by integrating new technologies.
Cheap by being low risk its simpler for banks to lend money against the final outcome.
Cheap by being a light , modular system the bridge structure can be moved leaving the foundations behind. This could help reduce costs by recycling the structure and permit the inexpensive use of temporary undeveloped land.
CheapLike most evaluated systems the station elements can be simple raised modular structures which consist of possible ticket hall, elevator/escalator/on ramp. This removes on the ground land so making land for stations less vi
Environment Low urban impact Use of one lane one direction elevated cycle lanes reduces shadowing of surrounding buildings.
Health Uniquely Cycle lanes despite the level escalators provide mild to exercise useful in fighting the growth in obesity and many other health problems. This exercise can be easily integrated into every day activity by combing commuting with some limited exercise. The level of exercise can be determined by the individuals choice of speed.
Reduced journey times by using the elevated nature of the network it is not necessary to stop at each junction. This reduces journey time and significantly reduces energy consumption.
Reduced journey times By providing an integrated network like a PRT system, there are no waits to change carriages on interchanges.
Reduced journey times Unlike an at grade network the elevated network can be made flat even over hilly geography, this reduces the delay of traveling up hill.
Reduced journey times Unlike PRT,light rail,Monorails buses and heavy rail elevated cycle networks the passenger does not have to walk to the 'station'.
Reduced journey times. Unlike an at grade cycle network cars cannot park on the cycle lanes blocking them off.
Reduced journey times Unlike at grade cycle networks the floors can be designed to the highest specification for low friction surfaces.
Reduces journey times elevated networks do no slow down cars and vehicles unlike buses and light rail. Neither do they remove road space or parking spaces from the current urban context.
Reduction of congestion. By moving people from the streets they
Environment Reduction in pollution Each journey on the cycle lane significantly reduces local urban pollution ( Ozone, NOx CO CO2...) and makes a significant reduction in urban energy consumption. Each car not traveling improves the local environment and helps save fuel for post 2025 consumption
Environment The cycle network does not produce the noise and vibration of traditional elevated transportation reducing impact on surrounding buildings. So increasing the flexibility of the network layout
Environment Unlike a monorail or elevated rail, The low speed network can turn tight corners so increasing flexibility of network layout.
Cheap Elevated components if designed correctly could be cheaper to install then dedicated at grade cycle paths
Reduced journey times An elevated network can be installed in congested areas with out removing vital capacity from current road networks
Unlike traditional at grade cycle networks, being enclosed the cycle network removes some of the effort ( no head wind) and all of the unpleasantness( rain, snow, cold) for all year round usage.
Safety, Unlike at grade cycle networks, The elevated cycle network with Lighting at night, with limited entrances and exits, with constant surveillance camera and a dedicated security team means a stronger safety environment.
Safety, Unlike an at grade cycle network. The evaluated network can be build as a continuous network this means from the point of entry to exit the network it safe from collisions with road vehicles.
Safety. Unlike monorails there is a mechanism for escape in case of fire or vehicle mechanical failure.
Safety. Unlike monorails and other elevated mechanisms ,the lack of vibration and light weight means it is possible to consider suspending the track from near by tail buildings. Removing the moderately vulnerable street supports (legs).
Reliability. Unlike monorails vehicles can fail between stations without interrupting the journeys of other passengers.
Reliability Unlike All other forms of transport, power supply to the network can fail completely without severely slowing the network down. Escalators may fail but people only have a short walk up a steep slop. The whole system is fail safe.