In 2012 architects Foster + Partners together with Exterior Architecture and Space Syntax proposed Skycycle; a system of elevated bike lanes position above the congested streets of London. Recently Sir Norman Foster has unveiled the plans for the open air bike lanes that will stand three storeys high and follow existing suburban railway corridors.
Skycycle will include 220km of dedicated bike lanes with ten cycle routes and 200 entrance points. It will accommodate for around 12,000 cyclists per hour and significantly cut the commute time across the city up to half an hour.
If approved, it is proposed it will take 20 years to complete the construction of the routes and is estimated to cost around 200 million pounds. The first phase will stretch from east London to Liverpool Street Station.