Thames Deckway
- an innovative floating cycle path proposed for the river Thames in London
We aim to
- challenge conventional transportation thinking
We can be
- ready for London’s cyclists and pedestrians in as little as two years from full go-ahead. Image: NASA

Introducing the Thames Deckway Project

Our mission is to provide a state-of-the-art, traffic-free bicycle and pedestrian pathway through the heart of London for commuters, city dwellers and visitors to enjoy.

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About the Thames Deckway

Innovative floating cycle path proposed for the river Thames in London challenges conventional transportation thinking

What we can build

London needs to think outside the box of conventional solutions to solve its deep-seated traffic and pollution problems. One of the answers is staring London in the face. The river Thames, London’s main transportation thoroughfare from Roman times up to the 19th century, is underutilised as a major travel artery except for a small number of tourist and commuter boats and industrial transport. The Thames offers vast, untapped potential to ease and improve London’s infrastructure problems. What is needed is imagination to unleash it..

Proposed as the first step in reinvigorating the river’s historical role as a major movement corridor is a unique concept for a floating pathway called the Thames Deckway. It complements Transport for London’s plan for a new east-west cycling route through central London on the river’s north side by running a similar route on the south side along the river itself.

Designed for commuter cyclists, leisure cyclists and pedestrians alike and completely traffic-free, it will potentially stretch for 12 kilometres along the river from Battersea to Canary Wharf, a distance that a fit cyclist can pedal in about 30 minutes. From either Battersea or Canary Wharf to the Thames Deckway’s prospective mid- point of the Millennium Bridge could take as little as 15 minutes on a bike.

The proposed Thames Deckway will run close to the river’s edge. Well away from the main navigation channel, it will rise and fall gently with the Thames’ tidal cycle. There will be embankment ramps at strategic intervals and plenty of stopping points along the way to enjoy the views and relax at refreshment kiosks. The Thames Deckway will be able to host its own bicycle fleet, tailored specially for family use and offering infant carriages, child bicycles, tandems and tricycles for hire. Commuter cyclists only will use it during rush hours. The Thames Deckway will generate its own energy from a combination of sun, tide and wind and be entirely non-polluting. Safety and security of cyclists and pedestrians will be the number one priority. Traffic density, traffic flow, river motion, river wave and any hazardous traffic or weather conditions will be monitored continuously by satellites, weather stations and on-board sensors that relay information directly to the Thames Deckway’s users.

How we can build

The new Thames Deckway concept is an independent environmental and social impact venture. It can be built with private investment attracted by the appeal of its long-term financial return prospects. River Cycleway’s financial projections show that it will cost approximately £600 million to build from Battersea to Canary Wharf. With a flat rate single ticket price in the region of £1.50, it has considerable potential as a generator of healthy, sustained revenues. A team behind the project is in formation led by a new company, River Cycleway Consortium Ltd. The team so far includes Britain’s leading engineering firm Arup, developers of innovative structures that include the Sydney Opera House and Centre Pompidou in Paris and Hugh Broughton Architects, designers of the acclaimed Halley VI Antarctic Research Station. River Cycleway Consortium Ltd is working with Kemp Little LLP as advisers in the field of technology law. River Cycleway’s initial focus is on tracking down funding for a detailed study of the project’s environmental, operational, constructional and financial feasibility as the first vital step. With a positive feasibility study outcome followed by private project financing, design, engineering and regulatory and environmental approvals, a streamlined construction programme could have the first Thames Deckway phase in place and ready for London’s cyclists and pedestrians in as little as two years from full go-ahead.

The River Cycleway Consortium

River Cycleway Consortium Ltd was founded by Anna Hill and David Nixon who co-invented the concept for a clean energy floating transportation infrastructure in 2008. In collaboration, they established the company as a business with an environmental mission to help to combat global warming, environmental pollution, rising sea levels, flood risk and to breathe new life into the river Thames. David Nixon is an architect, was founder partner of Future Systems with Jan Kaplicky in the 1970s, and has thirty years of experience working in the challenging spaceflight and space exploration field in the USA and Europe. Anna Hill is a London-based artist, innovator and social entrepreneur who has specialised in the world of space. Her creative focus has been on bringing the human experience of spaceflight down to Earth through immersive multi-sensory technology in ‘Earth Rider’ and innovating with space technology, software and life support systems for sustainable design solutions on Earth.

Upcoming events

NLA Cycling Summit 2015 - hosted by New London Architecture
Disruption for Good - hosted by FabLab London, Impact Hub Westminster and the RSA
Systemic Thinking and Sustainable Entrepreneurship - hosted by Impact Hub Westminster
Cycling Revolution - hosted by Design Museum London UK
In Touch with the Thames - hosted by Thames Estuary Partnership and UCL



Thames Deckway in the News

Nomination to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Program

Winner of Impact Hub Westminister's Clean Tech Scholarship Programme for The Thames Deckway Project, 2015

Editorials

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Thames Deckway: London's £600million floating cycleway.


ANI NEWS

Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jams.


ARCHITECTS JOURNAL

Cycle Superhighways will make London 'fit for the future' say architects.


ARCH DAILY

Architects Envision Buoyant “Thames Deckway” for London Cyclists.


ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT / LEISURE AND ARCHITECTURE

Floating bikeway joins pot of ideas for London cycling.


BBC

London mulls plans for a £600m floating bike path.


BBC NEWS LONDON

BBC Local Live: London on Tuesday 7 October 2014.


BIKE BIZ

Floating Cyclepaths proposed for the Thames.


BIKE E LEGAL

Consórcio propõe ciclovia flutuante ao longo do Rio Tâmisa em Londres.


BURO 247

A floating cycle path has been proposed for the River Thames.


BUSINESS STANDARD

Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jams.


CALGARY HERALD

Floating cycle path proposed for London's River Thames.


CHAIR FAG

Here’s what’s wrong with these wacky ideas for bike lanes.


CITY AM

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THE CITY FIX

Friday Fun: Is the future for London’s cyclists on the river, the street, or both?


CITY LAB

A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting.


CITY METRIC

The Thames Deckway floating cycle path is the most ludicrous London transport plan yet.


CLEAN TECHNICA

Floating Cycleway On The Thames: Another Disconnected Idea.


CONCRETE PLAYGROUND

Floating bike path could have cyclists riding on the River Thames.


CYCLE TRAVEL

Another east-west cycleway - and this one floats.


CYCLING WEEKLY

Consortium propose floating cycle superhighway for the Thames.


DAILY MAIL

Is this how cyclists will commute in the future? Plans unveiled for £600m 'floating cycleway' along south bank of Thames.


DAILY TECHNOLOGY

River Thames Floating cycle 2014-2015.


DESIGN NEWS

London's Floating Bike Path Would Harvest Energy from Sun, Wind, Tides.


DESIGN TAXI

A Concept Floating Cycling Path Along The River Thames In London.


DEZEEN

Floating cycle path proposed for London’s River Thames.


DISCOVERY

ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES: Teen-Designed Tech Goes Head to Head in MIT Contest.


EAST LONDON LINES

Proposals for a floating cycle route over the Thames.


THE ESSENTIAL CYCLIST

Proposals For Thames Deckway Announced.


FAST COMPANY

This Floating Bike Path In The Thames Would Give London Cyclists A Car-Free Commute.


GET BRITAIN CYCLING

Floating cycle path proposed for Thames.


GIZMAG

Floating cycle path proposed for the River Thames.


GIZMODO UK

Designers Propose Bike Superhighway for London... in the Thames.


GREAT NEWS TODAY

Thames Deckway: London’s £600million floating cycleway.


A GREEN LIVING

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames.


THE GUARDIAN

Innovation in, lycra out: what Copenhagen can teach us about cycling.


HERALD SCOTLAND

Cycle-pathic: could the Clyde help solve Glasgow's cycling dilemma?


ICMIMARLIKDERGISI

Floating cycle path proposed for Londons River Thames.


INDEPENDENT

Proposals for a £600m floating cycle route over River Thames in London.


INGENIEUR

Architekten planen schwimmende Fahrrad-Schnellstraße auf der Themse.


INHABITAT

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames.


INTERIOR DESIGN 2015

This week on Dezeen.


IRISH TIMES

Traveldesk: Miami, virtual Canada and Melbourne.


LONDON EVENING STANDARD

First look at artist's £600m plan for an eight mile floating cycle path on the River Thames.


METRO

Plans unveilled for £600m floating cycle path along the Thames.


MOTHER NATURE NETWORK

Floating toll path would let London cyclists zip up and down the Thames.


MTV (FINLAND)

Lontoossa hurja suunnitelma: Miljardi dollaria maksava kelluva pyörätie.


NEW CIVIL ENGINEERING

Arup team proposes floating Thames cycle way for London.


NEWS MONKEY

Zot of geniaal? Londen denkt aan 12 kilometer lang drijvend fietspad over de Thames.


NY TEKNIK

Cykla på Themsen.


QUARTZ

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STEAL MAG

Architects Envision Buoyant “Thames Deckway” for London Cyclists.


TAXI LEAKS

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TELEGRAPH

Thames Deckway: London's £600million floating cycleway.


TELEGRAPH

Is this how London will look in the future?


TIME OUT LONDON

Designs revealed for a new floating cycle path down the Thames.


THE VERGE

Floating bike highway proposed for London's River Thames.


THE WEEK

Thames Deckway: London plans floating cycle path.


TRANSPORT XTRA

Floating cycle path proposed for the Thames.


TRAVEL AND TOUR WORLD

London’s £600million proposed floating cycleway can be a new tourism attraction.


TREEHUGGER

Floating billion dollar bike lane proposed for the Thames River in London.


UPI

London could soon have a floating bike lane on the River Thames.


VOLKSKRANT

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WIRTSCHAFTS WORCHE GREEN

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WHARF

Floating cycle path from Canary Wharf to Battersea proposed.


WHARF

Floating cycle path could create 'serious risk of collision' on Thames.


YAHOO UK

London could get this £600m cycle path which 'floats' over the Thames in two years.