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Public Works: The Elevated Bikeway

How about putting bikes above traffic, rather than in the middle of it?

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

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Image courtesy of Richard Moreto

While Toronto fusses over the wheres and whens of bike-lane building, Dominican architect and designer Richard Moreto has developed a much more advanced vision for the future of urban bike travel. He calls his idea the BiciMetro Eco Bahn. It’s an enclosed, elevated bikeway that would carry cyclists above congested streets in climate-controlled comfort.

The Eco Bahn would consist of two glass-and-steel tubes held up by posts—essentially a Habitrail for humans, which is completely awesome. There would be ramps at intervals for entry and exit, and, for full green cred, the whole thing would be topped with wind turbines and solar panels.

While there’s presently no plan to implement the Eco Bahn concept anywhere, we think a pilot project above the DVP would be a cool place to start.

Hat tip to Inhabitat.

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