Care to zip over Niagara Falls?
Care to zip over Niagara Falls? In this July 19, 2016 photo provided by WildPlay Ltd., tourists suspended above the water from zip lines make their way at speeds of up to 40 mph toward the the mist of the Horseshoe Falls, on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. (Kien Tran/WildPlay Ltd. via AP)
Care to zip over Niagara Falls?
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Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line. It offers honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist. And, to go at speeds that top 40 mph.
 
The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists in the 21st century to established destinations. It's a trend that's exposed a rift between those who approach nature like contemplative monks and others who require an extreme, Indiana Jones-style experience.
 
"We can't make these into museums," argued Tom Benson. He is co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks. It built the Niagara Falls zip line. "How do you take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?"
 
The commercial zip lines have boomed in popularity over the past five years. There are at least 200 in the United States alone. It means more people are experiencing nature in a way that would make Thoreau dizzy.
 
They can ride above the tree line at New River Gorge in West Virginia, over California's Catalina Island, above lush Hawaiian landscapes and in view of Denali in Alaska.
 
A zip line ride in Mexico's Copper Canyon runs more than a mile and a half. One in Nepal has a drop of 2,000 feet. Another in Sun City, South Africa, boasts top speeds of 100 mph.
 
"You feel all this air rushing past you. It's this great almost roller coaster-esque feeling," Quillan Brady said after riding on the new Eagle Flyer zip line at Lake George in New York's Adirondacks. "But really, what I think makes it is looking around and seeing all this natural New York beauty."
 
Niagara Falls-area resident James Bannister doesn't quite see it that way. To him, the new zip line there amounts to a "circus midway-style attraction."
 
"Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, 'Boy, you could build another great attraction here!' As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction," Bannister said.
 
Zip line fans say it's still possible to marvel at nature while whizzing above it at highway speeds.
 
At Niagara Falls, WildPlay's Benson said his four lines angle 2,200 feet along the Canadian side of the gorge. He said they were designed to be sensitive to the local environment.
 
Catalina Island's zip line makes stops for presentations at designated "eco-stations." And riders of the Lake George zip line said they had a new perspective on the natural wonder.
 
The owner of the Lake George line is Ralph Macchio Sr. He is father of the "Karate Kid" actor with the same name. He said he got the idea for his attraction by gazing out from atop the majestic Adirondack peaks.
 
"I thought, 'Gee, if you could look at it like you were flying like a bird and get that view, that would be an Adirondack experience,'" Macchio said. "And that's why I built the zip line."

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Why are there objections to the zip line?
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  • harrisonb-ric
    9/06/2016 - 06:23 p.m.

    There are objections to a zip-line because people think that you shouldn't destroy these natural and national beauties. In addition to that they think that you don't need to add a zip-line to these beautiful places just to make it fun. Part of the community thinks that theses places are already fun that you don't need to ruin it just to make it a little more fun. This part of the community doesn't want to ruin these beautiful places because they know once something starts it is hard to stop.

  • emilyc1-ric
    9/06/2016 - 06:28 p.m.

    There are objections to zip lining because some people might be afraid of heights.There should be age restrictions for the safety of the person that is zip lining. People who zip line should have a safety protocol before zip lining. In the text it says " It means more people are experiencing nature in a way that would make Thoreau dizzy". People might get dizzy throughout the ride and they could faint.

  • kristinaj-ric
    9/06/2016 - 06:28 p.m.

    There are objections on the zipline because people are more excited about the zipline at Niagara Falls than they were before it was there. People are upset because they think that Niagara Falls was already enough. "Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, 'Boy, you could build another great attraction here!' As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction," Bannister said.". While the new zipline might have had made more people excited it's made quite a few upset.

  • micaht-ric
    9/06/2016 - 09:38 p.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because people say you build more attractions here. "Boy,you could build another great attraction here!'As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction. Bannister said." Another reason there are objections to the zip line is that they think teenagers won't come because they will be stuck to their electronics."How do u take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?" They feel like electronics are taking over for outside things like zip lines.

  • tyjaunes-ric
    9/06/2016 - 09:38 p.m.

    The objections to the zip line is that.When you is in the air you fell all the air pushing past you.Zip line is to get kids off of a game console.It's almost is the great roller coster feeling.

  • levanted-ric
    9/07/2016 - 11:37 a.m.

    The reason why there are objections to the zip line, is because people can get drawn into the ride also with the attraction of the waterfall. There is so many things that the zip line includes, like the speed and the view."Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line. It offers honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist."

  • tarenr-ric
    9/07/2016 - 11:38 a.m.

    There are objections to the zipline because it could potentially be unsafe. "It offers honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist. And, to go at speeds that top 40 mph." People may think it's unsafe because if the zipline does anything wrong, you could be going 40 mph and near rocks and cliffs possibly. People may also have objections because they think it's bad for the environment, even though they made it so it is friendly to the environment.

  • emmam1-ric
    9/07/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    Some people say (Tom Benson)" we can't make these into museums." Then James Bannister said" as if the fall wasn't enough of an attraction. Lastly some people think that that the zip line is awesome because everyone can explore the nature. So that to me is what the objections are.

  • averyj-ric
    9/07/2016 - 01:48 p.m.

    There are objections to the zip line because maybe people think its to dangerous to zip line over the biggest waterfall.Kids today are always on like games and stuff so Tom Benson said"How do you take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?".So maybe that's one reason why there are objections to the zip line.There might be another objection because there is already a bunch of zip lines already created all over the world like the one in Nepal,Sun City,South Africa and more.That's why I think that there are objections to the zip line.

  • addiey-ric
    9/07/2016 - 02:14 p.m.

    The objections to the zip line are made by near-by resident James Bannister when he states that "Every once in awhile somebody comes along and says,Boy, you could build another great attraction here! As if the falls itself wasn't enough of an attraction." He believes that the Falls are already enough of an attraction. Even without the zipline. It could also be a safety hazard, it being able to exceed 40 mph. That's a highway speed.

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