Paris may be the most best-known city when it comes to love locks. So many couples have professed their love by securing locks to the city’s Pont des Arts that one of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight. In total, an estimated 1 million locks weighing 45 tonnes have been affixed to the bridge, threatening its structural integrity.
It turns out, however, that Vancouver has a bit of a love-lock problem of its own. While the practice is not nearly as common here as in European cities, couples have gotten into the habit of affixing locks to city landmarks.
Right now, the Burrard Bridge is the favoured spot, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. While there’s no official lock count, the tally on the bridge may easily be in the hundreds. Evidently, some lovers even throw keys from the deck of the bridge into the water below. (I just hope there’s not an Aquabus under there at the time.)
In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the city prepared an official report. The conclusion: “While the weight of a single lock is insignificant, the accumulation of thousands of locks creates a substantive weight that can damage infrastructure.” Continue reading:
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