The consortium behind a proposed floating cycle and pedestrian path between Battersea and Greenwich is appealing for £175,000 towards a feasibility study.

Since the Thames Deckway was first announced in 2014 The River Cycleway Consortium (RCCL) has been busy studying cyclist flow analyses to show its viability.

Thames Deckway proposal

The group says figures indicate that cycling trips per day in London recently topped 600,000 and are set to increase.

Thames Deckway founding director Anna Hill said: “Cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy a unique and pleasurable experience in harmony with the river removed from the hazards and pollution of London streets.

“This is an inclusive design to benefit all: cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users, cultural visitors, and drivers. And it unites engineering, art, architecture, software intelligence and clean tech, along with other cutting edge technologies with simplicity, practicality and grace.”

Anna Hill and David Nixon, who are part of The River Cycleway Consortium (RCCL)

The RCCL will use its crowdfunding to complete its modelling. It will enable the planning of the Deckway route in more detail, and help to pinpoint the best places for riverside access connections.

How will it work?

  • It will have four lanes with 24/7 flow-programming according to time and day of the week.
  • Three lanes will carry commuter cyclists inwards during morning peak hours, reversing this direction in the evening. Off-peak, cyclists and pedestrians will have two lanes each. During weekends, there will be one cyclist-only day and one pedestrian-only day.
  • A single trip ticket will cost around £1.50 using a combined contactless payment card and satellite tracking device.
  • The average cyclist could travel between Battersea and Westminster Bridge in around 21 minutes.