Boris Johnson Wants to Fly Over London on his Bike


New scheme would see cycle monorail in the 2012 Olympic park

Boris Johnson Wants to Fly Over London on his Bike.

BORIS JOHNSON plans to build a monorail for bikes in the London Olympic park.

"We're going to keep driving transport infrastructure and keep investing," the London Mayor told The Docklands.

"I have ideas for what I call The Fly."

The Fly consists of pedal-powered pods that hang down from a monorail track and seems to be based on the Schweeb, a similar bike-monorail project already up and running in New Zealand and part-funded by Google.

Thanks to the aerodynamics of the pod and less resistance encountered by the Schweeb/Fly’s wheels, designers reckon pedalling at 20 kilometres per hour takes about a third as much effort as walking at 5kph, which is normal walking speed.

Johnson's adoption of the scheme has yet to be given the official go-ahead by Olympic bean counters, but with the Mayor’s backing, there is a fair chance we could be riding around the east London skies in time for the Games in 2012.

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2011-02-07 15:44.

This is a fairground ride, not a viable transport option. You can't carry any luggage, you're working in waht is effectively a greenhouse and you can't overtake or be overtaken. This is as fit for purpose as Comrade Boris' haircuts

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2011-02-08 12:04.

Comrade Boris? That's a new one on me...

Agree this is another hair-brained Johnson scheme though.

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