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bicycle super highway
January 7, 2014, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Cities, streets, Transit | Tags: , ,

I want to ride my bicycle: The SkyCycle, as proposed new network of cycle paths built above London's railways

Foster and Partners scheme to make a bicycle superhighway up in the sky above London.

Isn’t this that 1950s idea that everything in the city should be segregated: residential from commercial from industrial; cars from trains from pedestrians from bikes? I thought segregation had been discredited and that now planners and designers were committed to the idea of hybridity. Aren’t planners trying to mix traffic now – bikes, cars, lorries, so that vehicles slow down and the streets become safer? Doesn’t removing the bikes speed things up again and make things more dangerous? Also, isn’t biking in the European sense a slow but steady viable means of getting through the city? This shows a veritable velo in the spirit of the post war American interstate super highway. For me too many questions.

What if you put the cars up there and let the pedestrians and bikes use the old original streets?

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