Saturday, March 01, 2008

Sure, the Vilas Park stone bridge Deathtrap is quiet for now, but just wait . . .

Sure, the Vilas Park Deathtrap Is Quiet Now, but Just Wait . . .
. . . until summer, when bikes and pedestrians head across the bridge from this side, surprising speeding motorists on the other side who come hurtling toward them down a steep hill and around a sudden turn. That's when the excitement starts.

This summer I'll resume my photographic campaign to do something about this disaster waiting to happen. I figure if I shoot the bridge looking down from Edgewood Avenue with a really long lens, it should highlight the congestion and the blind spots on the bridge. Seeing as there are so many not-always-popular traffic calming islands all over the city, it seems odd that the one place that so obviously needs something to slow down approaching traffic has nothing.

3 comments:

ellroon said...

Yes. Keep it a really long lens and stay off the road. You don't need to be hit by a car to prove your point.

Maybe a spike strip could be used. That would really calm traffic...

Dr Bud "Beep" Diablo said...

It's true that you don't need to get flattened to prove your point, but your martyrdom would in fact mobilize public opinion. In the aftermath, they will not only install a traffic island but name the bridge after you.

Like the previous poster, though, I really would prefer that you stay out of harm's way and just be patient. Someone will get it--perhaps a 50-ish Earth Mother type in socks and sandals, much loved in the community for her animal rescue work, who is pedaling home from her weekly tutoring session with an illiterate adult. The sheer senselessness of it will create such citizen outrage that the flower-festooned bridge will have its island by the time of the memorial service.

I actually took a spin over the bridge to see if you were being a Nervous Nelly again. I had about concluded that you were when I was surprised by a bike coming the other way. I now avoid this spot. I wouldn't want to be the surviving motorist any more than I would the deceased bicyclist.

Madison Guy said...

Ellroon and Dr. Beep -- thanks for your concern. Though I might be a nervous nellie, I'm not suicidal. That's what the long lens is for, both to keep me out of harm's way, and to compress the perspective, better illustrating the crowding, once the bikes and people venture out again. And Dr. Beep, thanks for the validation. Yes, you really have to keep your eyes open going over that sucker.