The Urban Zipline Concept

urban ziplineIn general terms, an urban zip line consists of a 1/2 inch steel cable, or several parallel cables spanning 250 to 600 feet between two structures.

These structures can be buildings, trees, or any structure at least 30 feet above the ground. High elevations position the zipliners up and away from the pedestrian and road traffic. An ideal location for a zip line attraction would be between a stadium and convention center or restaurant area, city parks, parking garages, bus or train stations or two buildings. The zipliners would walk up a flight of stairs to gain elevation, zip to the adjacent building, walk up a flight of stairs or a ramp (in a stadium for example) and either zip back or on to another building or land on a ground structure.

I like the stadium location because it is used infrequently and has the necessary infrastructure already in place. A zip cable across the interior of a stadium could be a semi-permanent structure. It could be raised up in the middle of the span so it didn't interfere with sporting activities and lowered when in use. What a great way to maximize the use of the structure.

Zip lines can also be constructed in outdoor mall areas, along transportation right of ways, through parks, over rivers and along canals, etc. Ziplining is an urban transit alternative and attraction that moves people and is fun to watch! Transporting up to 100-200 people per hour, an urban zip line probably would not be considered a mass transit system.

Mass quantities of spectators, however, should be expected. Using a zip line to actually move people from one place to another, instead of simply implementing a thrill ride attraction, would be the ideal plan if possible.

The temporary urban zip line operated in Vancouver, B.C. during the Olympics was wildly successful during its three week operation. People lined up for 5-7 hours to ride a 550 ft. cable. Actually, to date, no city has built a permanent urban zip line or zip line tour. Our company would like to be the first to build one with your city as our partner and location of choice. Our objective would be to "sell" the adventure lifestyle with this very "green" activity. This activity would give visitors and residents a novel way to experience the city, connect them with the environment and our fabulous weather, history, culture and beauty. An urban zip line attraction would not focus on thrills-Six Flags Amusement Park does that quite well.

Zip lines are very low impact visually, and require nothing but gravity to operate, they are a unique method of travel which has no carbon footprint.

There are about 13,000 zip lines in operation in the US, most are in camps or resorts or challenge courses. Over 200 commercial zip line and canopy tours operate worldwide, and zip line technology and cable transport are well understood and referenced.

I look forward to further discussing this project with you. Being the first urban zip line tour in the US would position your city as a leader in this industry. I think it is a great opportunity for our state.

Thank you in advance for your time. I am looking forward to your response.

Monty Holmes
Captain Zipline, LLC

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Check out the awesome temporary urban zip lines in Vancouver and San Francisco, and read more about the Kolelinio Project.