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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bicyclists and Pedestrians Inconvenienced by 35W Bridge Disaster

My daughter goes to school over that bridge every day. I had to bike over the river today. These are a few pictures I took near the scene of the collapse:

From a pedestrian bridge looking west:

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From the same pedestrian bridge looking east:

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A press conference near the Stone Arch Bridge:

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... a closer view of the elected officials:

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The Stone Arch Bridge and two other bridges used by bicyclists and pedestrians were closed by police. One officer told me they closed the bridges to prevent access to "gawkers" . This is the Stone Arch Bridge:

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There wasn't much gawkers could see from the Stone Arch bridge except this:

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News media parked their vehicles on bike lanes:

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...a few yards away; Matt Lauer:

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UPDATE: Chief Dolan says "perimeter security' will be maintained 3 days or longer.

6 comments:

ThenandNow said...

And your point is?

Avidor said...

The City asked people to walk and bike instead of drive to prevent gridlock.

Closing bike lanes and bridges doesn't encourage people to walk and bike.

The Strib:

Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, said her constituents want to regain the commuting access lost when the Stone Arch and 10th Avenue bridges closed on Wednesday.

ThenandNow said...

Ahhh.

It seemed you were taking task with the fact police are trying to keep an area off limits for what could be a variety of reasons. And your images of newsconferences and media coverage didn't seem to fit the title of your comment.

Finally, it's a true shame a vehicle was temporarily parked in a bike lane covering such an event. I'm sure in your biking miles, you abide by all of the traffic laws.

Ray said...

I apresheate the post for what it is, K.Avidor.

Thenandnow is a new account, looks like they're just trying to be a doosh.

knappster said...

The implication of the comment from thenandnow is that only perfect bicyclists have the right to criticize motor vehicle drivers — as if such drivers don't routinely violate the speed limit, and thereby create a tyranny of speed on the roads.

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