An innovative floating cycle path proposed for the river Thames.
London needs to think outside the box of conventional solutions to solve its deep-seated traffic and pollution problems. One of the answers is staring London in the face. The river Thames.
Proposed as the first step in reinvigorating the river's historical role as a major movement corridor is a unique concept for a floating pathway called the Thames Deckway. It complements Transport for London's plan for a new east-west cycling route through central London on the river's north side by running a similar route on the south side along the river itself.
The proposed Thames Deckway will run close to the river's edge. Well away from the main navigation channel, it will rise and fall gently with the Thames' tidal cycle. There will be embankment ramps at strategic intervals and plenty of stopping points along the way to enjoy the views and relax at refreshment kiosks. The Thames Deckway will be able to host its own bicycle fleet, tailored specially for family use and offering infant carriages, child bicycles, tandems and tricycles for hire. The Thames Deckway will generate its own energy from a combination of sun, tide and wind and be entirely non-polluting.
Safety and security of cyclists and pedestrians will be the number one priority. Traffic density, traffic flow, river motion, river wave and any hazardous traffic or weather conditions will be monitored continuously by satellites, weather stations and on-board sensors that relay information directly to the Thames Deckway's users.
Anna tells us about the Thames Deckway, where they are now, the positive impact it will have on London when it's installed and where they'll be with it in five years time in this short video.
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