This was posted on the BridgeWalk Facebook page by Carrie Robertson Meyer:
“Now is the time for Bridge walkers and runners to speak up if they want pedestrian access on the new Harbor Bridge that will be built in a few years. Tex Dot is working on the plans now and needs to hear from you — It is not for sure whether the new bridge will have adequate pedestrian access. So they need to get lots of input from people to convince them of its importance. To comment, you can click on the Comment Form on this page: http://ccharborbridgeproject.com/blog/.“
I have taken her advice and this was my Facebook response:
“The EIS, under Red alternative, which I believe is now the preferred route, actually calls for cyclist/pedestrian provision. (Section 18.104.22.168 lines 16-21) Nevertheless I have posted a comment emphasising the importance of such provision from both a safety and a tourism point of view. I encourage others to do the same.“
As Carrie said TxDot needs to hear from interested parties NOW so all you enthusiastic Bridge Walkers click on the link and voice the opinion that cyclist/pedestrian provision is absolutely essential to the design of the new bridge regardless of which design is ultimately chosen.
Well it has taken a long time but, thanks to ice and accidents on the Harbor Bridge confining me to the Portland Starbucks this morning, I have updated the Gallery pages to include all the photographs taken at both the inaugural New Year’s Day BridgeWalk and the January 5th event.
January 5th, 2014
Thank you to everyone who turned out on each of these days to support this event including Sarah Acosta of Channel 3 who helped boost our numbers by giving us air time on her 6 am and 7 am news segments on New Year’s Day.
The February event is fast approaching and I sincerely hope that all ice has disappeared from our bridge by the time it comes around otherwise we will need to change the event to the “First Annual BridgeSkate”. Register for the February walk HERE.