Plans for ‘cycle utopia’ revealed

Sir Norman Foster, the architect who designed London’s Gherkin tower, has been working with Space Syntax and Exterior Architecture on a car free concept to improve the cyclist experience since 2012.


Future plans have been put forward for consultation to build a network of cycle paths high above the streets and rail lines.  The concept, which is expected to cost more than 200m, is called SkyCycle and consists of a 136-mile (219 km) route from east London to Liverpool Street Station.

If the first phase is approved and is successful then this will give the go-ahead to a further 10 routes being built above existing rail lines and would take an estimate of 20 years to complete.   Details concerning the plans will be sent to interested parties for feedback before a planning application is submitted.

Sir Norman Foster said “I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle rather than drive are more congenial places in which to live,”.

“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city. By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

Sam Martin and Oli Clark of Exterior Architecture Ltd said: “SkyCycle is an urban cycling solution for London.  A cycling utopia, with no buses, no cars and no stress.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said they supported the plans.

 “We are always happy to look at ways we can contribute to improving travel and transport in London. We will continue to liaise with all involved as the aspiration for this innovative scheme develops.”