Move the Council to Support Moving the Sauvie Island Bridge
Posted by: Karl
Apr 01 2008, 3:17 pm Mayor Potter has decided to oppose a proposal put forth by Commissioner Sam Adams that would greatly enhance bicycling in Portland. This time it’s the proposal to reuse the Sauvie Island Bridge for a landmark bicycle and pedestrian crossing of I-405 that would make the NW Flanders Bicycle Boulevard a reality. The BTA has worked closely with the City, neighborhood and business groups to designate and fund a NW Flanders Bicycle Boulevard as part of the Burnside-Couch couplet project. There is currently no low-traffic bike route that runs east-west in NW Portland, connecting the river to NW 23rd; I-405 is the biggest barrier. Pedestrians can cross at Everett or Glisan, if they can get to the one-sided narrow sidewalks through all the speeding freeway-bound car traffic. And bicyclists can brave it if they have strength, skills and nerve, but that’s asking a lot of NW residents and employees who just want to move around their city.The possibility of placing the Sauvie Island Bridge over I-405 at NW Flanders is threatened. The Portland City Council needs to hear loud support to move it forward.
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