Biking the Friendly Skies

Despite society's best efforts to push a green life style upon us, city streets are still clogged with motor vehicles of every size and description. Without proper bike lanes, riding a bike through these streets can be dangerous and intimidating.

Seeking to provide commuters and other urban cyclists a reprieve from zig-zagging through traffic jams, Belgian architect Martin Angelov presents a new solution: bike lanes in the sky. The futuristic bike lane designed by Angelov is basically a high wire that runs above the city streets, avoiding the street-level congestion entirely.

At first, riding a bike on a wire sounds pretty terrifying, but Angelov's design includes a harness for the rider and a pulley system for the bicycle that clips into the upper wire, so there's no fear of tumbling headlong into the havoc below. The bottom wire is also carved out to accommodate the tire.

Angelov's innovative approach to solving the traffic problem is an interesting one. There is only so much space on the ground, so using the unused space directly overhead seems like a viable alternative. One major flaw of the system is that it wouldn't allow for passing, so if there's a slow cyclist in front, there'll likely be a line of angry riders piling up behind. Biking on a skinny, little wire would also be somewhat scary and problematic, harness or not.

What do you think? Would you bike to work on a system like this?

Via: Dvice

Jan 26, 2010
by Anonymous

A grand utopian vision... with one small flaw.

This would work great in a universe where bicycles never broke down. Could you imagine trying to fix your chain while suspended 20 feet in the air?

Jan 26, 2010
by Chris Weiss

Good Point

That's another good point. It doesn't look like there's a way to get down between stops.