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ZipPitt plans to run zip line from Mount Washington to North Shore

Adam Young is one step closer to flying from Mount Washington to the North Shore. The Carnegie resident is proposing a zip line that would sail from near the Duquesne Incline to the Carnegie Science Center.
 
ZipPitt, as the project is called, was awarded a $1,000 Awesome Pittsburgh grant. The organization has also helped Young with strategizing and advising on how to make this dream of flight a reality.
 
"We think it will be pretty amazing taking in the view from that perspective," Young says. "I think it would be great for the residents and people visiting Pittsburgh to immerse themselves into the essence of the cityscape."
 
The half-mile proposed zip line would cross the Ohio River at 50 mph and with a 400 foot vertical drop. Young will use the grant funds to bring a national zip line company to Pittsburgh to conduct a feasability study.
 
Young says the project has verbal arrangements with property owners at the proposed take-off and landing sites.  A landing platform would be constructed at the North Shore location with enough height to prevent interference with river traffic.
 
ZipPitt still needs approvals and permits from the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Army Corps of Engineers. 
 
Young says currently the only urban zip line in the United States is in Las Vegas, where for five blocks riders sail between buildings in that city’s downtown skyline. 
 
ZipPitt would cost customers approximately $30 to ride.  Young believes it would of interest to city visitors, particularly those riding bikes or renting kayaks near other North Shore attractions, as well as city residents.
 
Awesome Pittsburgh, which awarded its most recent grant to ZipPitt, is a local chapter of the Awesome Foundation, whose goal it is to forward the "interest of Awesomeness" with $1,000 micro grants.
 
By Andrew Moore. This story originally appeared in Pop City on Feb. 6, 2013.
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