Who Will ACTUALLY Use the "Reality ByPass Bridge?" We’ve Got the Numbers:

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It’s official. The Victoria Taft Show listeners have dubbed the new bike and pedestrian bridge slated to go over I-405 at Flanders using the old Sauvie Island Bridge, The Reality ByPass. If we have to explain it, you’re not paying attention.
So, do we actually NEED such a bridge? Of course not. Here are the numbers from a two day trip count to get an idea of how many bicyclists are using the bridges on either side of the spot where The Rainbow City Council wants to put the bike/ped bridge. These numbers are from commercial real estate broker, Bob Butler, who paid to have a worker spend two days counting. Gee, I hope he had something else to do while waiting.

TIME

GLISAN OVERPASS

EVERETT OVERPASS

7-8 AM

8

7

8-9 AM

7

10

9-10 AM

6

12

10-11 AM

13

5

11-NOON

11

4

NOON 1 PM

6

6

1-2 PM

7

19

2-3 PM

8

11

3-4 PM

6

6

4-5 PM

7

12

5-6 PM

16

20

TOTAL

95

112

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8 thoughts on “Who Will ACTUALLY Use the "Reality ByPass Bridge?" We’ve Got the Numbers:

  1. With those traffic counts, a hefty $7.25 toll per crossing should take care of the 5.5 million dollar bridge in about 20 years [not including interest].

    A more reasonable toll of $1 per crossing would have it paid off in 145 years on an interest free bond.

  2. I’m all for bicyclists being charged taxes for using bikepaths, bike bridges and other such pro-bike paraphenalia.

    There are no free rides, I was always told. They too must step up and pay, just like car owners must.

  3. I don’t get it…and I’ve tried to follow this.

    Are you suggesting that it doesn’t make economic sense? Or common sense?

    This is Oregon. We do things differently here.

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  4. Oregon guy: You are right on both counts – that bridge does not make economic sense NOR common sense.

    In the Portland City Council, “common sense” is a definite oxymoron.

    If the voters in Portland elect Tram Sam to be their mayor, they will be getting more of the same. And, by voting him in, they will deserve it.

  5. If the voters in Portland elect Tram Sam to be their mayor, they will be getting more of the same. And, by voting him in, they will deserve it.

    But the question is. can the voters of Portland afford the reprecussions if he is elected into office?

  6. Sorry to bother you with facts but the Everett, Davis and Couch see 800 daily bicycle and pedestrian crossings.

    It is very likely that this number would be greatly increased by a Flanders crossing over the I-405 ditch.

  7. I thought we didn’t have money for road maintenance to the extent that the Rainbow City Council called for a $1/2 BILLION DOLLAR CAR TAX to get the money.
    If they’ve got mad money for this stupidity, they’ve got money for potholes.

  8. pdx..where do you get your numbers and where were those people on the two days these guys did the counts?
    Oh, wait, you mean they might have been going on the SEVERAL STREETS THAT GO UNDER THE FREEWAY?
    Why do we need the bridge, again?

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