velo-city: chris hardwicke

contingent ecologies exhibition, sustainable design, urban renewal — By on April 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Velo-city is part concept, part vision. It is a highway for bikes, a network of elevated bikeways that connect distant parts of the city. Each direction of travel in Velo-city has a separate bikeway tube with three lanes of traffic for slow, medium and fast travel. The separation of direction reduces wind resistance and creates a natural tailwind for cyclists, increasing the efficiency of cycling by about 90 percent and allowing for speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour.  Because Velo-city is elevated, it does not require any additional real estate as it can be located in existing highways, power and railway corridors.

Velo-city, is a unique form of rapid transit because it is active rather than passive. Velo-city promotes exercise as an urban lifestyle and increases our social sphere. All other modern modes of transit are passive – they take users for a ride. Users of Velo-city understand the value of distance and its relationship to the environment because they put their own energy into their mobility. The value of this mobility is expressed in individual freedom of choice and movement.

Velo-city offers an alternative: a parallel infrastructure that acts in support of other modes of transit. The bikeways are connected to the subway, railway, highway and parking lots, thereby offering more commuting choices.  The tenacious bicycle has been around for over 100 years and last year bicycles outsold automobiles in North America. Velo-city simply gives bicycles the same level of dedicated infrastructure that other modes of transportation enjoy.

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