Matthew Gibb's Edmonton Freezeway could significantly change how people in one of Canada's coldest cities experience winter. Gibb's design is a seven-mile path that allows people to ice skate or sled around the city during winter. The idea is to get people out of their homes and to create something more functional than an ice skating rink. Gibb actually entered his idea in a 2013 design contest but a pilot version of the Edmonton Freezeway is expected to be implemented in 2016.
The Edmonton Freezeway would have rubber sections where cars and pedestrians could cross, ensuring non-skating traffic still flows freely. The designer imagines the frozen path being created in one of three ways: refrigeration, naturally or using a big block of ice.