Group Calls for Keystone XL … Bike Path?

Cyclists along the Keystone XL Pipeline?
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Alex Brown
Oct. 29, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

An ar­chi­tec­tur­al group has a plan to calm the fur­or over the pro­posed Key­stone XL pipeline: Build a bike trail ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pipeline route to give loc­als and tour­ists a long-term be­ne­fit from the in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject.

While the SWA Group ad­mits its plan is “tongue in cheek” (and seem­ingly de­signed to garner at­ten­tion), Key­stone ad­voc­ates and op­pon­ents are not amused. Tran­sCanada, the pro­ject’s back­er, told Bloomberg a bike trail would re­strict ac­cess to the pipeline for main­ten­ance pur­poses. The League of Con­ser­va­tion Voters said it soun­ded more like an Onion pro­pos­al. 

But SWA says the $400 mil­lion pro­pos­al was just de­signed to start a con­ver­sa­tion. “If [the pipeline] was built, how could you make it bet­ter for the pop­u­la­tion?” asked Kinder Baumgard­ner, SWA’s man­aging prin­cip­al.


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