Ever since I visited Copenhagen I’ve wanted to commit to a life without public transport and just cycle everywhere. I refuse to do that in London because quite frankly, lorry and bendy-bus dodging isn’t really my idea of a healthy commute. Yesterday I came across this article; a proposal to convert some of London’s abandoned tunnels into pedestrian walk and cycle-ways to help alleviate the struggle that is London’s congestion during rush hours. More after the break.
The London Underline if it were approved, would be lined with café’s and click and collect points for shoppers; each path could be surfaced with kinetic paving, which uses footfall and the friction created by bike tyres to generate electricity (really clever). The tunnels would not need to be connected directly to ground level. They would be accessed via tube stations, where you’d be able to take Boris bikes out for hire.
To be honest I liked the idea before I read up on it in more detail. While I like the concept, I think it’s over complicated… i.e the café’s and click and collect are unnecessary. I was expecting this to be more about having the freedom to cycle safely (and quickly) around the city. People just want to get around at ease without being crammed into carriages or having to wait ages as the tube clogs up.
Read the full article on The Guardian