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The Bounceway, the world's longest urban trampoline, is coming to London

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Forget your sweaty, cramped tube commute wedged between someone's armpit and an errant gym bag.

From next year, you may be able to bounce your way to work thanks to an audacious new project from Transport for London (TfL). 

The capital's travel network are planning to build the world's longest urban trampoline in central London.

"The Bounceway", as it's known, is being created in association with Architecture for Humanity, who have released a mock-up images of what the giant trampoline may look like against the backdrop of the London Eye.

Organisers say the aerobatic structure will provide a "novel solution to the boredom of the morning commute" as well as "a new way to keep fit".

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What the trampoline will look like

"The idea was intended as something a bit innovative and fun for London," Architecture for Humanity trustee Beth Worth told the Evening Standard. "Transport for London wanted to show that London can have that fun factor, giving people a hop, skip and a jump from A to B."

The Bounceway will initially be introduced on a trial basis and will be partly funded by a crowd-funding campaign set to launch shortly. 

"The Bounceway will be the world's longest urban trampoline," reads a statement from TfL

"This iconic and inclusive new public space in the heart of London will boost fitness and fun, and provide a novel form of transport where the journey is the main event."

The project is part of TfL's Future Streets Incubator, a £1.8 million initiative aimed at transforming streets and public spaces across the capital.

Other ideas that have got the green-light for trials next year include colourful pedestrian crossings complete with artist murals and Tunnel Vision, which will transform a blighted city underpass using interactive lighting design. 

By far our favourite brainwave, however, is the super-size trampoline. As far as ideas go, it's right up there with Bristol's giant water slide - we can't wait to have a good ol' jump.

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Leave your work shoes at home

What do you think? Would you use the giant commuter trampoline - and would you contribute to the idea via crowdfunding? What else can be done to spruce up the streets and public spaces of London, and cities elsewhere in the UK? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photos: Architecture for Humanity/Getty Images 

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