Alternative AA-1 is similar to alternative AA-2, but would rebuild the highway bridge andprovide a new pedestrian/bicycle path. Unfortunately, it too, would suffer the sameproblems of providing clear and safe egress to the bridge.
Observations of the Bicycle Advisory Council
The BAC reviewed alternative AA-3, which might initially allow for greater utilization of thecurrent bridge for recreational bicyclists and pedestrians; specifically those who are notnecessarily as familiar with the area. A lack of wayfinding signage, or maps dedicated topedestrians and bicyclists for help with find trails and/or destinations, is a concern expressed byDistrict residents. However, if alternative AA-3 is chosen, the potential outcome could be anincrease in the total number of bicyclists and pedestrians within the corridor. If noimprovements were made on the 14th Street bridge path, certain areas, most notably at theDistrict shoreline are hazardous.The following pictures highlight the problems we observed at the trail/bridge junction.
Figure 1 shows the trail leading from EastBasin Drive SW to the 14th Street (Mason)Bridge. The trail is usable but is rapidlydeteriorating. It is also relatively narrow atless than 5 feet.
Figure 2 shows the trail about 500 feetcloser to the bridge where a worn woodenretaining wall is erected to limit erosion ofthe trail. The trail appears to tilt or slopeslightly toward the downhill direction.This slope ‘guides’ bicyclists in thatdirection. At this point, the trail isapproximately 4 feet wide. While notparticularly steep, there is very little roomto pass, a problem for cyclists goingdisparate speeds.