London Mayor is exploring the option, despite 'several hurdles' facing the scheme

Boris Johnson considering a raised cycle network for London

London could be set to see a raised network of cycle lanes in a bid to further cycling in the capital.

Speaking earlier this week, London Mayor Boris Johnson said the project would involve cycle lanes running alongside raised railway tracks. While the idea of a ‘cycle lane in the sky’ might at first appear odd, to say the least, Johnson revealed that the idea was being seriously considered.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Johnson said: "There is a proposal, which is very interesting, to hook up mainline stations in London along the side of the raised railway tracks with a new cycle path. So from Clapham junction to Waterloo — around town like that. We are looking at financing and branding that."

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London has since sent this statement to BikeBiz: "The Mayor is committed to leading a cycling revolution in the capital and the use of railway land or elevated cycleways to provide fast and direct cycling routes around the capital is an exciting idea that his team are looking into.

"There would be several hurdles to providing this sort of scheme but the Mayor believes it is an idea that is worth exploring."

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