The pathway along London’s Regent’s Canal can be treacherous, as pedestrians and bicyclists struggle to move along without bumping into each other and falling into the waters below. To alleviate the congestion, Anthony Nelson of Design International has proposed building an elevated bike pathway that would life cyclists up and out of the way of foot traffic. The dramatic solution would rise 13 feet in the air, giving cyclists an elevated highway that’s separate from pedestrian and automobile traffic.

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Over 500 cyclists zip along Regents’ Canal in North London each hour. The area often becomes congested as cyclists and pedestrians take turns passing under the low bridges and narrow paths. Nelson, a landscape architect, thought the best solution would be to separate the two types of commuters.

Nelson’s plan calls for constructing a lightweight steel platform that hugs the canal, partially overhanging the current walkway. The elevated bicycle path could join every so often with cultural hubs, like cafes or farm stands located near cyclist on/off ramps. Not only would this free up the pedestrian space and let cyclists have less stressful commutes, but it could also offer retail opportunities for the on/off ramp hubs.

Nelson’s plan doesn’t address how the elevated pathway would accommodate large passing boats, or how it would affect the buildings along the waterfront. He plans to further develop the idea before presenting it to the city in the fall.

+ Design International

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