Zip Travel Set to Take Flight in the City

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A zip cord like this will go live in San Francisco Thursday.

    A 680-foot-long zip line stretching across San Francisco's Justin  Herman Plaza will open to the public Thursday, starting with an event  featuring two gold medal winners from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver,  Canada.

          The zip line, part of a free exhibit meant to encourage travel to  British Columbia, will be in San Francisco until April 18. Other parts of the  exhibit include a 3-D art installation and a video wall.
         
    Shani Davis and Ashleigh McIvor will be on hand Thursday for the  exhibit's launch. Davis won the gold medal for the U.S. in the 1,000-meter speed skating race at both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. McIvor, a Canadian, was the first gold medal winner of the women's ski cross event.
         
    The exhibit, "The British Columbia Experience," was popular during  the Vancouver Olympics, and the British Columbia ministry of tourism decided  to bring it to San Francisco to promote the province.
         
    The zip line will start from a launch tower 80 feet off the ground  and will carry users 680 feet to a 30-foot-tall landing tower. The zip-line  will be free to the public and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 18.
         
    Thursday's launch event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and  will include performances by the Le-La-La Dancers, an aboriginal dance troupe  from Vancouver Island.