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January 14, 2014 AT 5:00 am

London’s Future Highway Will Transport Bikes and More, But no Cars

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Though London’s SkyCycle, a new super-highway for bicycles, is still in the stages of early development, the plans sound promising. While SkyCycle’s main concerns are with the growing city’s congestion problems, the steep commuting costs, and the overall health of its citizens, we think the aesthetic is impressive as well, via fastcoexist

Beyond the obvious benefits of getting more commuters on bikes–from better health to less congestion and pollution–the network could also start to transform the city in other ways. “You might think of it as a cycleway, but it’s also a new way of thinking about the compact city,” says Huw Thomas, a partner at Foster + Partners.

The network could distribute goods along with people. “The easiest way to describe it is a glorified airport baggage handling system,” Thomas explains. Goods could automatically travel along SkyCycle, and be delivered either to homes or offices immediately along the route, or stored in lockers for a cyclist to pick up along their commute.

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