A new bicycle lane in London could allow cyclists to float on the River Thames. The Thames Deckway, proposed by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd, would create a bicycle-only path along the river that would offer commuting cyclists a relaxing new route. Designed by artist Anna Hill and architect David Nixon, the floating pathway would stretch 12 kilometers throughout London along the Thames’ south bank.
The group of architects, artist and engineers comprising the River Cycleway Consortium Ltd have set out to find a solution to London’s traffic and pollution issues. One idea is to implement a car-free bicycle lane throughout the city, which would not only keep cyclists out of gridlock traffic, but also significantly shave down commute times. A more direct route from east to west would also encourage more commuters to cycle to work, in effect cutting down on car traffic.
Since the River Thames directly connects Battersea in the west to Canary Wharf to the east, putting a bike path along the river makes for an ideal commuter portal. Nixon and Hill proposes a floating bike path that would directly interact with the rise and fall of the river’s tides. Ramps along the embankment would allow on-and-off access, as well as kiosks for food and drink along the cyclists’ commute. The path would also separate bicyclists from pedestrians.
Although the plan sounds ideal, it also comes with a hefty price tag of £600 million, which River Cycleway Consortium says it will source from private investors. Deckway cyclists would also be charged for the privilege of using the bike lane at £1.50 for a single journey to keep up the path’s maintenance.
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