The City’s newest pedestrian – cyclist bridge opened for public use today.
The bridge, just north of the OTrain Trillium line Carling Station, connects Hickory Street in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood with Adeline and then Preston Street on the Little Italy side.
It makes it much easier for residents to access the Preston traditional main street, and opens a new off-Carling route for east west movements. It provides better access to the Carling Otrain station for those days the OTrain is actually running, and provides every-day access from the new condos and student housing high rises on Champagne Avenue to Pub Italia and other popular rendez-vous. It makes the Trillium multi-use pathway part of a larger, more connected network of off-road paths.
Around 3.30 Wednesday the steel fences were taken down.
Above: view from the Trillium pathway looking west. The pathway on the foreground side isn’t paved as work may be starting this year on widening, improving the alignment, and paving the east side pathway. In the background is the work crew, congratulating themselves on a such a pretty bridge. They said I was the first cyclist, although a pedestrian had beat me to being the first person to cross just a few minutes before.
I went back and checked, and sure enough, there was only one set of muddy tire marks:
I’m told there will be an official opening on Monday at 3pm.
I, for one, am grateful that the City has built more infrastructure for people who cycle and walk, and is slowly building out a connected network.