Skycycle: Are they on crack?

Wrath Rob
Wrath Rob Posts: 2,918
edited January 2014 in Commuting chat
Well, what do you think? http://road.cc/content/news/65718-plans ... take-shape

Bonkers but great idea.
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  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    *Checks calendar.*

    Nope. Not the first of April. Hmmmmm
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • jonginge
    jonginge Posts: 5,945
    PAYG
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,537
    JonGinge wrote:
    PAYG

    Cyclists.

    Paying to cycle..?
  • JonGinge wrote:
    PAYG

    Cyclists.

    Paying to cycle..?

    Congestion charge, innit?
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,537
    JonGinge wrote:
    PAYG

    Cyclists.

    Paying to cycle..?

    Congestion charge, innit?

    So say I cycle 5 days a week for 38 weeks a year to work.

    £2 a day? (there, and back)

    £380 a year?

    Sod off.
  • Imagine the crashes with everyone looking at the view?

    PAYG? Good luck with that..
  • Koncordski
    Koncordski Posts: 1,009
    Brilliant, another solution aimed at getting us out of the way so all those fantastically efficient space saving cars with one person in can get around faster.

    I blame a lot of London Cycling Campaign policies for almost encouraging this thinking. :roll:

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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Segregated lanes Rick, segregated lanes. Well the English version of them anyway.

    Thanks for that.
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  • cyclings monorail, love it
  • Initialised
    Initialised Posts: 3,047
    edited September 2012
    Town planners have been watching too much Futurama

    55-17399-futurama_tubes.jpg
    Daily Fail wrote:
    you can’t realistically build more cycle lanes on ground level.

    You have to start knocking down buildings and there will always be the problem of traffic. It will be less safe than it is now and you can’t persuade people to get on bikes as it is even if you keep raising taxes on cars.

    Totally the wrong way around. Squeeze cars off the roads by making bigger and more cycle lanes and some cycle only roads making it a pain to drive around overcrowded cities so the bike becomes the obvious solution to most peoples transport needs.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • davet2 wrote:
    cyclings monorail, love it

    No, wait, that's more of a Shelbyville idea.
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Another attempted cyclists' vote winner by Boris.

    Massive faux pas.

    No hat.
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  • mouth
    mouth Posts: 1,195
    Wasn't the original article related to the Daily Mail? Nuff said.
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  • if it's basically a plastic tube then it'll be great for winter...and godawful in the summer

    And charging for it is a bad idea.

    And I'd be surprised if it ever gets off the ground

    But it looks cool

    And that is all.
  • PBo
    PBo Posts: 2,493
    On a slightly different note....
    ....can't believe Sky will let even this "working title" stand. Sounds too much like a "sky ride" kind of thing, not a dedicated cycle route...

    And if they think it is a sh1t idea, they definitely won't want to be associated...
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,537
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Segregated lanes Rick, segregated lanes. Well the English version of them anyway.

    What, sh!t?
  • jonginge
    jonginge Posts: 5,945
    davet2 wrote:
    cyclings monorail, love it

    No, wait, that's more of a Shelbyville idea.
    Argh! Monorail song earworm!
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  • EKE_38BPM
    EKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    JonGinge wrote:
    davet2 wrote:
    cyclings monorail, love it

    No, wait, that's more of a Shelbyville idea.
    Argh! Monorail song earworm!
    Monorail you say?
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  • why not go one step further, get rid of this underground train thingy and covert all them tunnels to bike routes with the stations being the drop on drop off points :roll:
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  • EKE_38BPM
    EKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    why not go one step further, get rid of this underground train thingy and covert all them tunnels to bike routes with the stations being the drop on drop off points :roll:
    Dark, rat and/or mouse infested tunnels? No thanks. Also, I doubt many could keep their tyres on the rails!

    I've long advocated bike lanes next to rail tracks. You'd need a solid wall to separate cyclists from the train lines though. A high speed train blasting past could be a bit off putting.
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  • of course they would make it smoother and add more lighting, rats can be a challenge though, if only I knew where the pied piper lived :|
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  • EKE_38BPM
    EKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    of course they would make it smoother and add more lighting, rats can be a challenge though, if only I knew where the pied piper lived :|
    Hamlin?

    Just remembered, he was a freelancer contracted to the town of Hamlin. I'm stumped then.

    Still a better idea than Skycycle though!

    I think Sky would love the association with Skycycle. Free advertising ennit. Imagine if it was called Tescocycle, Tesco would love it for the same reason.
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  • notsoblue
    notsoblue Posts: 5,756
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?
  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?
    Maybe because the councillors who approve projects aren't interested and just want to be seen to be doing something. At a guess.
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,537
    notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?

    £££
  • notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?
    Because we don't have a consistent, nationwide set of design rules for new roads which enforces the accommodation of cyclists.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?

    If anyone knows the answer to this, please send answers to

    Minister for Transport
    Downing Street
    London
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  • PBo
    PBo Posts: 2,493
    rubertoe wrote:
    notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?

    If anyone knows the answer to this, please send answers to

    Minister for Transport
    Downing Street
    London

    I suggest you post/email though. Don't be tempted to hand deliver it by bike.....
  • rubertoe wrote:
    notsoblue wrote:
    Why are the British so sh!t at cycling infrastructure?

    If anyone knows the answer to this, please send answers to

    Department for Transport

    Great Minster House
    33 Horseferry Road
    London, SW1P 4DR

    Phone: 0300 330 3000

    https://www.dft.gov.uk/about/contact/form/

    Though the only MP among them with non political/financial experience only worked in agriculture and mining:
    http://www.dft.gov.uk/ministers/patrick-mcloughlin

    Surely a degree in Civil Engineering, Town Planning or similar experience should be a requirement for a job like this?

    I suppose it says something about the quality of our government when our Chancellor doesn't have A-Level maths and is expected to keep the country out of depression.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • Agent57
    Agent57 Posts: 2,300
    This is quite a bump, sorry, but it looks like these ideas are still very much in mind:
    Plans to build a network of cycle paths high above the streets of London are being put forward for consultation.

    SkyCycle is a 136-mile (219 km) route, with the first phase, proposed from east London to Liverpool Street Station, costing more than £200m.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25549789
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