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The air lanes, a good idea?

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End of January, the longest cycle track was born in China. This bicycle was open to all types of bikes from 6:30 to 22:30 for a test of a month in Xiamen, in Fujian province. With a length of 7.6 kilometers, and with eleven entries linking metro or bus stops, it is also the largest in the world! Open to all types of bikes and culminating at more than 5 meters above the ground in its highest part, it must accommodate more than 2,000 cyclists per hour. Its goal is to promote the bicycle as a sweet and ecological travel mode. This unusual Green track covers five residential areas main and three shopping malls of the city. [/ fusion_text]

If this bike is remarkable for its innovative character and its model patterned on that of the highways, the idea is far from being new the California Cycleway appeared in 1900, connecting Pasadena to Los Angeles with a right of passage for 10 cents. Four cyclists could ride front on that bicycle bridge of wood painted in a dark green glow at night. Close railway line led to its dismantling a few years later. [/ fusion_text] https://evtt-provence.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/California_Cycleway_looking_south_from_Hotel_Green_1900-238x300.jpg [/ fusion_imageframe]

Californian CycleWay


Security: remote tracks traffic and pedestrians ensuring peace of each
speed: connect point A to a point B easily, avoiding fires and increasing traffic congestion
pleasure: the road for oneself, and height... or another way to enjoy the city

And disadvantages

investment: often important for cities with construction of several years + maintenance times
responsibility: what you it in an accident, especially if a large number of cyclists is present?
legitimacy: rather than share the road, "excluded" cyclists while advocating speed

Cycling utopia

These findings may seem simplistic so urban development is complex and the case of specialists. For as much, just look around to realize that the cycling population grows, every day, and the projects put forward within this blog shows the bike becomes always more eclectic, allowing to adapt to all needs, to all people because each practitioner is different. Such infrastructures would facilitate their travels? With a few drawbacks... Those bicycle motorways, and including SkyCycle made much ink. For the journalist Olivier Razemon, it is a good idea; for Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize altogether a ridiculous idea. Arguments: an exorbitant cost on the one hand, but especially a disconnection in the face of the reality of the city. Park cyclists on a track above the flow of traffic, it is also life, cut down. It is to forget to participate, too, through shops and services in which they can get on their bicycles. It is also to ignore the work of planners who are dealing with all forms of mobility that multiply and with which they juggle to facilitate multimodality. And, by this symbolism to get high (or take high...) using the codes of the highways for cars, here is probably a good way to attract once more the wrath of the refractory to the bike. [/ fusion_text]

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B1 Veloway

B1 Veloway is a concept proposed in 2012 by a set of engineers and architect of the capital. The idea? "Clip" a bicycle along a track of aerial railway linking two stations. Such a project would allow cyclists to avoid six important road intersections, guarantee of tranquility. [/ fusion_text]

Round snake

The "snake for bicycles" is a set of bridges roundabouts air and built between 2010 and 2012 in Copenhagen (Denmark). Measuring 230 m long, this orange Ribbon designed by DISSING + WEITLING architecture overlooks a commercial area where number of pedestrian travel: a such "velopont" enables a more fluid movement for all. A double-meaning, it is also thought sufficiently wide to accommodate cargo bikes. [/ fusion_text]


This bike air roundabout of 72 m in diameter at the center of which a tower of 70 m high if student here still dominates an important road junction. Marking the entrance to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven, this gigantic infrastructure seemed the best solution in the face of surrounding architectural evolution and the increase in traffic. [/ fusion_text]

In project... SkyCycle

Similar to the aborted project bike-city of toronto and submitted early 2014 by the English architect Norman Foster, SkyCycle is based it on existing rail infrastructure in London to offer 220km of cycle tracks (open this time). Two hundred access points would accommodate up to 12000 cyclists per hour by saving them nearly 30 minutes on a drive equivalent... The concept is even encrypted: it would thus cost 365 million euros for a building spread over 20 years. A project that could affect 6 million urban cyclists! [/ fusion_text]

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