Elevated Cycle Path For Regent’s Canal

Via Building Design: a landscape architect has drawn up a plan for a raised cycle path along the Regent’s Canal.

As anybody who has traversed the towpath on either two feet or two wheels, things can get congested at times, particularly in summer months when the ‘ting’ of bike bells are rivalled only by the ‘tuts’ of aggrieved pedestrians forced to dance between aggressive cyclists. Antony Nelson, a director at Design International, has a solution: a dedicated bike path, between Angel and Hackney, that runs in part over the canal itself. The proposal also calls for a series of cultural hubs along the route. Nelson will be canvassing canal users later in the year, before presenting his idea to the Mayor and Transport for London.

On paper it seems a good idea, although it’ll provide yet another obstacle for canalboat captains to manoeuvre around (the path is raised up to 4m in places to allow water-borne craft to pass beneath). Hopefully it won’t interfere with the LidoLine, in the unlikely event either project goes ahead.

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  • slabman

    Brilliant. However, I’m not sure how they plan to shrink the narrow boats to one quarter of their current size, and where the miniature crews will come from

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaffster Maffi

    Do they really think the canal is that deep and clear?

  • MB

    London red

  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.joly Gordon Joly

    Great! I am all for it! The cyclists will never get off!

  • Gee

    looks like a kid did a collage – and not a very good one.