During peak morning commute hours, the Hawthorne Bridge walkway is buzzing with an ever-growing stream of pedestrians and cyclists making their way into downtown Portland.
In order to help prevent potential conflicts between users, community members kicked off a series of “Share the path” events on the bridge this morning.
Near the intersection with SE Grand Ave., Janis McDonald, Margaret Weddell, Stephanie Routh and Thomas Rousculp held up signs with messages like, “Don’t be a silent passer,” and “Bell free? Free bells ahead.”
On the west end of the bridge, employees of the Bike Gallery gave cyclists free tune-ups, installed “I love my bike” bike bells, and offered hot Peets coffee and muffins.
The Bike Gallery crew worked with the precision of a NASCAR pit crew; pumping up tires, adjusting brakes, and screwing on new bike bells.
The message of “share the path” was certainly made stronger this morning.
More share the path action is planned for today. Meet at the PDOT building at noon for a ride to the Esplanade to observe and discuss issues for cyclists and pedestrians sharing off-street paths.
Below is a quick slideshow of photos from the bridge this morning…