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.