San Francisco: Urban ziplining in the Embarcadero

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Courtesy Experience British Columbia

The word "zipline" usually conjures images of treetops in Costa Rica or summer camps (or humongous cruise ships). But during the recent Vancouver Olympics, one of the most popular events with visitors was the urban zipline hosted by Ziptrek Ecotours.

Now the company has set up a temporary 600-foot zipline running across Embarcadero Square. The fun started yesterday and lasts through April 18. Rides are free.

The zipline is part of the British Columbia Experience, a tourism effort that includes art installations and interactive video displays. But that doesn't make flying over the Embarcadero&mdashl;with amazing views of the Bay—any less exhilarating. For proof, see one local blogger's trip down the line.

Holler at us if you decide to take this thrill ride. I know that's where I'll be this weekend.

Justin Herman Plaza, at Market Street and Embarcadero. Through April 18, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

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