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Is the Edmonton Freezeway the icy solution to active winter transportation

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Is the Edmonton Freezeway the icy solution to active winter transportation

Edmonton Freezeway Ice-Skating Pathway

When the weather allows, walking, biking and rollerblading are smart alternatives to driving your Honda that cost you nothing and allow you to get some great exercise. But when winter arrives and those methods of transportation become next to impossible, Edmonton may soon be encouraging residents to lace up their ice skates to take advantage of the proposed Edmonton Freezeway.

What is the Edmonton Freezeway?

The Edmonton Freezeway is a proposed 6.8-mile skating lane that runs through Edmonton, Alberta. The proposed ice-skating pathway, or Freezeway, would look much like a large frozen bike lane and could even be used for bikes during the summer if an internal cooling system were not in place to maintain the ice year round. The long stretch of ice would connect several Edmonton neighborhoods to the downtown area, making winter travel fun and engaging for tourists and residents looking to make short daily commutes.

The proposed Edmonton Freezeway would be established on existing pathways, one of which would be an abandoned rail line.

The idea stemmed from a masters thesis in landscape architecture by Matt Gibbs, a University of British Columbia alumni. Gibbs’ original idea in his thesis was centered on the idea of making winter cities more livable, specifically by diversifying transportation options with more active and social alternatives.

While the idea might sound a little out there, a 5-mile ice-skating corridor already exists in Ottawa on the Rideau Canal, which operates much like the proposed Edmonton Freezeway would.

The final proposal for the Edmonton Freezeway ice-skating highway is still in the works, so there are no official logistics regarding exact location and cost, but it certainly remains an interesting idea. Watch the Edmonton Freezeway video below to learn a little more about the potential Edmonton Freezeway!

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