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by Matt de Neef
November 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.
Motoring giant BMW has thrown its weight behind the idea of building a network of elevated bike lanes in congested cities. The E3 Way — the three e’s being “elevated”, “electric” and “efficient” — would, BMW says, help grow cities, reduce congestion and make cycling safer and more convenient.
Devised in concert with the School of Automotive Studies and College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai, the network would be reserved for eBikes and electric scooters. That is, regular cyclists don’t seem to be supported (as Wired reports, this might be because BMW doesn’t make bicycles).
“The best thing is that its modular design and free scalability make the concept essentially suitable for use in any megacity,” the company wrote in a press release. “The elevated road is simple and modular in design, [and] economical to build as a result.”
Most of the network would be undercover and would also feature “a cooling system with purified rainwater [that] creates pleasant temperatures.”
While BMW’s elevated pathways might seem like a good idea in theory, history shows us that such projects tend not to flourish. Little if any progress has been made on London’s proposed SkyCycle scheme since it was first mooted and other elevated bike lane schemes have proven very limited in scale.
Follow the link to read more at Wired and via the BMW press release.