‘London Underline’ is a proposed network of underground cycle paths. Not only did it win Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning awards this year, but we think it’s one of the better ideas we’ve come across with the attempts to make London safer for cyclists. Goodbye ‘Cycle Superhighways’, hello ‘Cycle Underlines’!
Produced by design firm Gensler, the project will turn unused tube tunnels into parallel cycle tracks and walkways. The paths would be lined with restaurants and click-and-collect points for online shopping (say whaattt). AND they’d use ‘kinetic paving’, which uses friction to create electricity…can we get a HELL YEH! Environmentally friendly AND futuristic.
This system (if it is ever to come about…) would make use of a forgotten section of the Piccadilly line, between Holborn and Aldwych Station, as well as taking advantage of numerous other unused tunnels and stations. It’s hoped the plan would reduce congestion and help the environment, but it’s also got money-making potential – you’re still going to have to tap in with your Oyster.
Please say this is going to happen in 2016!
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