Soon you'll be able to take a bike path right through the Etobicoke Creek running through Pearson Airport, the National Post reports.
Officials have nearly resolved security issues over a new bike path across Pearson International Airport property, one of the last pieces in a new path that will allow bicyclists to travel from Toronto to Caledon.
“The big push in cycling circles is this concept of connectivity,” says Mississauga Councillor Eve Adams. “You want to be able to get onto a trail and go for a long run.”
Apparently the Etobicoke Creek trail should be quite idyllic unlike the surrounding flat, treeless airport lands.
The Etobicoke Creek bed is an uneven terrain, and the airport is therefore unable to use it, although it is officially part of the property the Greater Toronto Airport Authority leases from the federal government. Negotiations with the GTAA began in October and are expected to wrap up by this spring, in time for work to commence during the summer months. The trail will have its grand opening in spring 2009.
No public trail in North America has ever crossed airport property. Both the city and the GTAA want to make sure that the area can still be restricted in case of emergency situations at the airport.
There will be gates on either end so that in the event of an emergency they can still lock people out (or in?). Par example, the Air France plane that went beyond the runway and came to a stop in the Etobicoke Creek. They cyclists should have a great view of any future crashes!