Floating cycle path proposed for the Thames

Plans have been unveiled for a floating cycle route on the Thames that would run from Canary Wharf to Battersea. The eight-mile Thames Deckway would cost around £600m, said River Cycle Consortium Ltd. It would follow a route close to the river’s edge, with embankment ramps at intervals and several stopping points and refreshment kiosks along the way.
Commuter cyclists only would use the deckway during peak times while at other times it would be open to leisure cyclists, with infant carriages, child bikes, tandems and tricycles for hire. Cyclists would be charged a flat rate of about £1.50 to use the deckway.
River Cycle Consortium was founded by entrepreneur Anna Hill and architect David Nixon, and partners include engineering firm Arup, Hugh Broughton Architects and technology law specialists Kemp Little LLP.
The firm is seeking funding for a detailed feasibility study, and estimates that, subject to financial support and all the necessary approvals, the deckway could be built within two years of receiving the go-ahead.
Plans have been unveiled for a floating cycle route on the Thames that would run from Canary Wharf to Battersea. The eight-mile Thames Deckway would cost around £600m, said River Cycle Consortium Ltd. It would follow a route close to the river’s edge, with embankment ramps at intervals and several stopping points and refreshment kiosks along the way.
Commuter cyclists only would use the deckway during peak times while at other times it would be open to leisure cyclists, with infant carriages, child bikes, tandems and tricycles for hire. Cyclists would be charged a flat rate of about £1.50 to use the deckway.
River Cycle Consortium was founded by entrepreneur Anna Hill and architect David Nixon, and partners include engineering firm Arup, Hugh Broughton Architects and technology law specialists Kemp Little LLP.
The firm is seeking funding for a detailed feasibility study, and estimates that, subject to financial support and all the necessary approvals, the deckway could be built within two years of receiving the go-ahead.
The route is designed to make use of the Thames by providing a separate and safe route for cyclists. “The new route would create a safe and exhilarating cycling route along a natural fresh air corridor through the heart of London,” said Anna Hill. “It would also reduce risk of fatal accidents and collisions for cyclists and pedestrians with other road vehicles and create exciting clean energy innovations and an infrastructure solution that has major flood relief advantages. This is a 21st Century clean energy transportation infrastructure solution capable of mitigating further rising sea levels and North Sea storm surges.”

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The east-west cycleway would float on the Thames from Canary Wharf to Battersea

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