Pedestrian Bridges

I searched for information in the forums about criteria around pedestrian bridges (thinking of those on park paths with no unique name, but also wondering about others as well). The results I got all had a warning above the post saying that the post refers to outdated criteria and directs readers to the updated criteria. The updated criteria, however, does not mention the word "bridge" even once (or, at least there are zero hits when searching for that word in the updated criteria.)

Many parks around here, especially ones at lower elevations, flood quite regularly so there are many foot bridges in them. What are the current criteria for approving or rejecting foot bridges in parks?

What about other types of pedestrian bridges? How about vehicle bridges (which typically have a unique name) with pedestrian walk-ways on them? (I assume if there's no pedestrian walkway then it's not a valid way spot, even if it's an historical bridge.)

Comments

  • TrevorAlan-PGOTrevorAlan-PGO Posts: 835 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Footbridges are great, its a landmark and a way to traverse a hiking path.

    As far as other bridges, a random bridge that is for cars, no. That is unsafe pedestrian access. Also a random road bridge that just so happens to also have the sidewalks on it too (i'm thinking highway overpass sort of thing), idk I think i'd still reject that because it's basically like nominating a random stretch of road or sidewalk. Although if anyone else wants to chime in on that point please do.

  • ElwynGreygoose-INGElwynGreygoose-ING Posts: 244 ✭✭✭✭

    Are bridges

    - great places to exercise

    - great places to explore

    Or

    - great places to socialise?

  • oscarc1-INGoscarc1-ING Posts: 347 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The above is from the September 2020 AMA, the below is from June 2021. Not sure if anything else has been stated since:

    Just something to keep in mind.

  • MargariteDVille-INGMargariteDVille-ING Posts: 1,527 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Think about if a sidewalk/path is part of the infrastructure of a place, or if it was built specifically for recreation.

    Infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, street lights, phone towers, irrigation, etc) are not special, not unique, not a place you'd take someone visiting from out of town. Not a a meeting place, not something you'd walk around to explore.

  • X0bai-PGOX0bai-PGO Posts: 1,336 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 14

    I think it’s a little bit regional. I see European and Asian commenters in here more critical of footbridges, but in the US, bridges in parks, golf courses, and on hiking trails are practically guaranteed acceptance.

    Just please do a favor for me - in case I review them - and give them slightly interesting titles and don’t just call them Park Footbridge #1, Park Footbridge #2, etc.

    EDIT: getting around this ridiculous filter.

  • Ladyfoil-PGOLadyfoil-PGO Posts: 32 ✭✭

    Is there anything new around this subject? I see lots of bridges coming up lately, and they are all new bridges (a year, maybe two years old) and they are all the same. Nothing special about them, just fot and cycle bridges that we have loads around here, since we have a lot of water that has to be crossed. Should i accept them since we can gather on them (but not specific, since you also hinder the cyclist then) or reject since they are way too common?

  • TWVer-INGTWVer-ING Posts: 449 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If they are expected to be used as part of a trail, they fall under exercise criteria. If they have a unique design, they fall under explore criteria. I can't think of a reason they could fall under social criteria, but nominators can always try to make a case.

  • Janetx68-PGOJanetx68-PGO Posts: 29 ✭✭

    Might be a geographic specific thing. In my experience a pedestrian bridge is an unusual and interesting enough feature that they're always explore-worthy. They're fun to tromp on and look over and under and sometimes they sway or have views or interesting architecture. Definitely the kind of feature where one might say, "let's hike to the bridge" or "let's use the 1st Street Bridge." Maybe if I was someplace with a surfeit of bridges they wouldn't be POIs.

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