What would you pay to ride across London in 30 minutes traffic free?
Our small but significant island here in the UK is getting more crowded every day. Strangely though only 1 – 2% of all journeys are made by bike. I could understand maybe if that statistic was for the US where everything is designed around the car gods, and therefore miles apart, but here? Really? That figure hits 25% in other not-so-different parts of the world such as the Netherlands.
What do major metropolitan areas such as London, New York, Berlin, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo, Washington, Karachi, Rome, Sidney and Liverpool (well, I am biased) to name but a few, all have in common? Rivers. Many mostly empty or underused, save a few tourist laden barges.
Apart from often being a direct corridor through the automotive traffic chaos, can any route be more serene?
The Thames Deckway is one such potential solution to present itself whether that be London or elsewhere. As cycling continues to grow in parallel to environmental considerations how long will it be before significant infrastructure investments flow into such opportunities?
A floating, sustainable cycle and pedestrian route could be a reality in a very near future should political will and public support prevail. Maybe London will get there first.
I’m helping the folks at Thames Deckway go up through the gears as they approach a crowdfunding campaign rapidly approaching. I hope you’ll take the time to explore the concept, follow the story and show your support if you believe in the need for radically new solutions to transport infrastructure.
I’ll update this page with the link to the crowdfunding campaign for the launch when available, but follow the story so far and into the future via @Thames_Deckway on Twitter or ThamesDeckway on Facebook