London Underground Cycle Path
Posted on: 09/02/2015

Many don’t know of the abandoned tube tunnels that exist under London, however design firm Gensler have suggested that these tunnels could offer a network of cycleway in the city.

This proposal has won the Best Conceptual Project gong at the recent London Planning awards due to its innovation and feasibility. The projects details that the dual tunnels would be split to create both pedestrian walkways and cycle paths, including retail outlets such as cafes along the route to generate extra revenue.

Boris bikes would be kept for hire at each entrance of the tunnels, and access would be granted through the existing tube stations, encouraging Londoners to use greener forms of transport. Furthermore the project even included the concept of using kinetic paving, so that footfall and the friction from cycling could generate the electricity used in the tunnels- exemplifying the growing trend of including renewable energy ideas within infrastructure projects.

These proposals are certainly interesting and, despite some scepticism, would be beneficial to the city in offering further connection between various part of the city and further support the Mayor’s desire for a greener city.

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