Eager to help lessen the city’s pollution, the mayor of Seoul has announced plans to build a network of bike-only lanes that will offer barrier-free routes across the city.
While cities such as Copenhagen have bike lanes that are set off from major streets by a slight curb, the ambition in South Korea’s capital is to build bike roads that are not just separate from cars but are to be used only by cyclists. There will also be bike-only overpasses that span congested city streets. Another route calls for tapping under-used space beneath elevated expressways by suspending large, enclosed, tube-like pathways below them.
If the plans pass feasibility studies and meet budget projections, construction would begin next year.