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Edmonton Freezeway Skating Idea Gets a Chilly Response

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 10:27 AM

A proposed "freezeway" around Edmonton that would allow residents and visitors to ice skate through the Alberta city and into downtown is being met with mixed reviews, with some hailing it for its creativity and others suggesting it's a waste of resources.

An architect's proposal includes converting an old railway right-of-way that stretches 6.8 miles into Edmonton's downtown corridor from two sides into an artificial ice thoroughfare where people can skate to work, school and downtown events like Edmonton Oilers games, noted CTV.

Matt Gibbs, a landscape architect who has been pitching the idea for several months, told CTV's News Channel on Tuesday that the freezeway would give residents a reason to embrace the winter months and offer visitors a "one-of-a-kind experience" similar to Ottawa's Rideau Canal.

"Does being Canadian mean we fly to Mexico every winter?" said Gibbs. "I think we can create better ways to enhance the livability and create more physically and socially active communities by creating more climate adaptive solutions in our cities."

Gibbs said in the summer time, the freezeway would be used as a bike trail.

"In my route, I've created a pedestrian route alongside the multi-use trail that in the summer would be a bike lane and in the winter turn into this frozen skating trail," said Gibbs.

One Edmonton city councilor, Mike Nikel, bristled at the idea of the freezeway, telling the Edmonton Sun the suggestion was "ludicrous."

"It is the stupidest idea I've heard since Tooker Gomberg first suggested it in the 1990s," Nickel said of the freezeway in January. "Of all the priorities that we have in front of us, suggesting that people skate to work is ludicrous. You've got to be kidding me. You want 11 kilometers for people to skate to work. What is this, bike lanes on level two?"

Another city councilor, Ben Henderson, said he was not so quick to dismiss the idea even though he admitted that Edmonton may not be financially ready to visit the idea.

"Not every idea is going to be able to take in the end but if you start censoring yourself before you even start, then you won't come up with anything," Henderson told the Sun. "It's way to easier to come up with a set of reasons why you can't do something than to examine why or how you could."

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