Yesterday, between 40,000 and 50,000 people walked, biked or rolled over Tilikum Crossing during its public preview, a sort of “soft opening” for the country’s first car-free pedestrian and transit bridge.
Beginning just after sunrise, waves of cyclists streamed over the new bridge, which makes its official debut Sept. 12. Bike counters on the east and west sides (similar to the one on the Hawthorne Bridge) tallied thousands of Providence Bridge Pedal participants. The air buzzed with excitement as each made their first-ever crossing.
After the last of the Bridge Pedal participants made their way to the finish line, the public began queuing up for the People’s Preview of Tilikum Crossing.
What happened next was beyond our most hopeful expectations.
Last Sunday, more than 40,000 people walked, biked or rolled over Tilikum Crossing during its public preview: bit.ly/1MlyTcEIt was a first-rate display of community, and it meant the world to us. If you were there, even if only in spirit: Thank you.(Produced by Jarratt Taylor)
Posted by TriMet on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Tens of thousands of families, friends and neighbors came together and claimed their bridge. In true Portland spirit, they didn’t just cross it: they jogged, skipped, tall-biked and skated. They unicycled, bicycled and tricycled. And each had a smile — just check out the #PDXBridgie tags on Instagram for proof!
It was a first-rate display of community, and it meant the world to us. If you were there, even if only in spirit: Thank you.
When it opens next month, Tilikum Crossing will carry transit (bus, MAX and Portland Streetcar), bikes and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. Find out more at catchtheorange.com.