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Vancouverites Skate on Frozen City Roads

Posted on January 2, 2017

CityMash.com - With unusually harsh weather blanketing the Vancouver metro area this winter, some Vancouverites have taken to an alternative form of transportation: Ice skating.

With streets and alleys covered with treacherous ice, local resident Sam MacTavish wanted to make a point about just how bad the road conditions were, lacing up a pair of skates and posting the results on social media.

“I didn’t want to do the video for the fun of skating, I wanted to prove a point that it’s really dangerous,” MacTavish said of Elgin Street, as quoted by CBC. MacTavish also expressed his concerns that the conditions were especially dangerous for the city’s elderly people.

Many Vancouver residents have also complained about the slippery conditions, after harsh winter weather and plunging temperatures transformed urban streets into ice rinks.

While Vancouverites used to don the skates and take a spin around the Lost Lagoon, temperatures haven’t allowed local residents to skate outdoors on city lakes since the mid-1990s.

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Written by Ken Hill
Freelance writer, editor, and father of two fur babies. Loves travel, history, politics, and unfortunately baklava. Won't rest until the Stanley Cup parades through Stanley Park. More articles by Ken Hill

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