Ok, so its 2010 and according to the projections of Popular Mechanics (Feb, 1951) we should all be zipping through the skies in flying cars by now. Since flying cars haven't come to fruition yet, how about fly-by-wire bicycle lanes?
All image credits go to Martin Angelov
Check out this concept called "Kolelinia" by Martin Angelov, a graduate of the Sofia University of Architecture. Instead of crossing lanes of traffic, crossing town, or even crossing from bike lane to bike lane on the streets with automobiles...Kolelinia proposes that bicycles be ridden on a steel wire that could be suspended above traffic.
The idea is simple, easy to implement, and most importantly cost effective...and this one could actually work. In 2009 Martin was awarded first price in the City Transportation Interchange Brief at the Line of Site international architecture competition. Here is Martin in his own words:
Everything started in the summer of 2008. I decided to participate in the international architectural competition "Line of Sight" on the "City Transportation Interchange" brief. The first crazy idea which came to my mind was to make flying bicycle-lanes, using steel wire, something like ski lift but working on the opposite principle in which the wire is static and it doesn’t need electricity.
Kolelinia is a concept for riding our own bikes on a new type of bicycle-lanes, based on steel wires. Is it possible to achieve a completely new level of transportation with minimum resources? This idea doesn’t isolate the bike stream from the streets, this only makes the connection for impossible zones between existing bike-lanes. Could be a bridge type, a longer transportation line or a special designed and independent touristic line. Of course it is too early to talk about mass use.
I can already think of quite a few places I'd like to see one of these...