Photo: Bike channel at Cushing Street bridge makes stairs a snap
The Luis G. Gutierrez Bridge, which connects the east and west sides of downtown Tucson via Cushing Street, is complete and crosses the Santa Cruz River Path.
When bicycle advocates looked at the plans they noted an opportunity to provide a connection between the bridge and the river path for bicyclists and walkers.
A disagreement over the land needed for the path prevented it from happening and would have delayed the project.
Instead, the plans called for stairs with a bike channel, which you can see in the photo above.
The idea is that you put your bike wheels into the channel and then you can easily walk the bike up or down the stairs.
It’s likely that a path will eventually be added to connect the two, but until then, cyclists can use the channel in the interim.
It does not work for people in wheelchairs and seems like it could be an American with Disabilities Act issue.
Have you tried this out? Where else would something like this be useful?