Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 14th, 2006 at 8:29 am
In the coming months, you’ll be hearing a lot about the Sellwood Bridge. This bridge, which is slated for renovation or reconstruction is a major arterial that connects SE Portland to the downtown core, yet it is very dangerous and inadequate for non-motorized users.
As you can see in this photo when bikes and pedestrians share the sidewalk, it creates a very unsafe situation. The only available path is even too narrow for a bike trailer to squeeze by (see photos below).
I know that no one needs convincing that the Sellwood Bridge is a major safety hazard, but I’m publishing these photos because they convey the problem instantly to everyone that isn’t familiar with the bridge first-hand.
Also, everyone involved with the advocacy efforts can feel free to use links to these photos in emails to county commissioners and other decision makers that might not be grasping the severity and urgency of the problem.
Stay tuned for ways you can get involved with making sure the new Sellwood Bridge is safe for all road users.
[These photos were taken by Cindie Olson and are used with permission of Greg Olson from the Multnomah Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen’s Advisory Committee.]