Boris Johnson Wants to Fly Over London on his Bike



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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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