the micromobility connection
The energy of our city depends on the ability of diverse communities to move freely along our streets. Now is the time to re-thread small-scale urban speeds across our rivers with a new movement eco-system, enhancing safety and harmony by diversifying flow. On the ten-foot-wide upper promenade, we exclude bicycles and other fast-wheeled travel to welcome slow walkers, wheelchair users and vendors, thereby reducing the current 6,600 daily crossings by forty percent and eliminating the need for pedestrians to “get out of the way!” as cyclists blow by. Three vegetation-ringed elliptical platforms expand the promenade where the cables dip under the walkway to allow open harbor views. Tthe lower roadway is striped into a rainbow-spectrum of Brooklyn and Manhattan-bound bands of speed: blue for electric microvehicles under 250 pounds; lime-green for bicycles and other human-powered wheeled vehicles; and light-gree for runners, lined with vegetation along its edge. At intervals, zebras allow riders to cross these travel-bands to access tune-up stations along the planted pollinator pathway, equipped with air pumps and electric chargers.
*Second Image: A potential phase 1: One Micromobility Lane in either direction with two lanes in either direction for cars.
Brooklyn Bridge New York
SLO Architecture: Amanda Schachter, Alexander Levi;
Silman Engineering;; Eric Sanderson, Wildlikfe Ecologist