Of all the cities in the world to have the longest-ever pedestrian bridge, Pickering probably wouldn’t be the first place you’d imagine. But indeed, the city just east of Toronto now holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest enclosed pedestrian bridge anywhere on Earth.
The bridge is 250 metres long and was completed back in 2018. It crosses 14 lanes of Canada’s busiest highway, the 401, as well as six live rail tracks, and a two-lane roadway.
At night, the bridge is lit up by nearly 300 LED lights, “giving its organic shape a beautiful, soft glow,” according to the description of the world record.
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“Mayor and Members of Council successfully lobbied the senior levels of government and Metrolinx to approve and fund the bridge over a decade ago,” wrote the City of Pickering on Instagram “Now, it is officially recognized as an international and world class landmark.”
Pickering also happens to be the city where Shawn Mendes grew up — the star gave viewers a tour of his humble beginnings in his Netflix documentary released earlier this year.
This is far from the only world record set in and around Toronto. In fact, the city has claimed some pretty unusual victories over the years.
In 2013, Lia Grimanis, who is the founder of Up With Women, broke the record for the heaviest vehicle pulled 100 ft by a woman, and Grimanis pulled it off in high heels. The following year, runner Stephane Hetherington, who dressed up appropriately as The Flash, broke a Guinness record for fastest marathon in a superhero costume.
If you want to walk this record-breaking bridge for yourself, you can find it at the Pickering GO station.
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