A team of architects in London have proposed a concept called SkyCycle, a network of pathways for cyclists that would be placed above the city’s current metro system.

The creators of the so-called “cycling utopia”, architects Foster + Partners, landscape architects Exterior Architecture and transport consultants Space Syntax, say the trail would span across almost 140 miles (220 kilometers), follow the routes of the existing train lines and accommodate up to 12, 000 cyclists per hour. It would feature over 200 entrance points that would provide access to ten different cycling routes.

Not only would SkyCycle alleviate traffic—up to half an hour less of travel time to cross the city—but it would also encourage more commuters to bike instead of drive by making cycling paths that are easy to access as well as make cycling a lot safer. In 2013, 14 cyclists were killed on the streets of London and the high death toll has discouraged many cyclists from long-distance commuting. Ideally, having car-less cycling paths would eliminate this problem and allow room for even more riders to cycle regularly.

The pros of cycling only begin with reduced traffic and also include health and environmental benefits. If approved, SkyCycle would take up to 20 years to complete.

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