Portland politicians puffed pridefully as they presented their pretty and iconic (it's got to be iconic, after all) carless bridge, which they named the Tilikum. Because they're just that cool. When you're busy being a "national leader", you've gotta be cool.
And what's especially cool about this bridge over the Willamette River is that only streetcars buses, and light rail are allowed on the thing; cars and trucks are out. Of course, bicycles and pedestrians are allowed as well, because "active transport". That's really the hot term around town these days.
Not to disparage their "iconic" dreams, but it seems reasonable to suggest that they might sort of want to re-work some of their "iconic" bridge's "iconic" features. After all, a week and a half ago, a woman landed - eventually - in the hospital after a bicycle rider ran her down.
You might be thinking that had to hurt. Carole Barkley, who was taking her dog for a walk at the time, seems to concur:
“I have four broken ribs, my shoulder was separated,” said Barkley, who also has a chipped vertebrae. “I'm a mess of bruises.”
Well now, however could this sort of thing happen? This is a brand-new bridge that's designed to be a "national model"! Oh:
“I pushed the pedestrian button and waited for the light and I started to move and I was aware of something coming at me from the left and it registered that it must be a bicyclist," she said "But before I could process anything, I got hit. I was on the ground thinking, 'Why didn’t he stop?' Because I know I had the light.”
This never happens; everybody knows that bike riders are courteous, safe, and obey all traffic rules at all times. The problem is those idiot drivers in their cars and trucks - that's a given, here in Portland.
Better yet, Portland police refused to take a report on the incident:
Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau said because it’s not a roadway and it's not otherwise prohibited to ride on the bridge, the collision is not a police matter.
But hey, it's an "iconic" bridge, and at least the dog wasn't hurt.