A High Priority Sidewalk That’s Annually Ignored
Utilized: Social Trail
Image sent in by John Robert Williams along with this message: ”Sidewalks, unplowed, are third-rate social trails. What are more important: cars or people?”
8th Street bridge across the Boardman River. What’s really sad about this trail is that it is a corridor of significance for people traveling on foot. Still, every year it literally becomes impassable. It’s often much worse than John’s image shows. It says a lot about our priorities that this is ignored every year. It’s not like the City doesn’t know about it; the Governmental Center is within sight.
What’s the solution? Here’s an idea: let’s start by presenting a shovel to the city manager. It’d be a nice gesture to have him step up to the challenge of personally seeing that this bridge is walkable year-round.
What’s your solution? How many creative solutions can we generate here? I promise to collect all the suggestions submitted and present them to the city manager and city commission. One rule, let’s keep it to something that they could carry out immediately.
NOTE: Rumor has it that this bridge is set to be resurfaced in the near future (details yet unknown). I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a perfect time to push for a road diet from Boardman to Lake St. including adding a 8 foot sidewalk and bike lanes.
Thanks JRW, ding-ding.