U.S. 1 bridge not the answer

 

My heart goes out to families that have lost loved ones crossing U.S. 1 and Mariposa Court, near the University of Miami. It is a dangerous street, and pedestrians must use extra caution. But building a bridge isn’t the answer. Not many pedestrians and cyclists will use it.

Several years ago a similar bridge was built at U.S. 1 and Douglas Road, but few have bothered to use that bridge.

Some have found it to be too time-consuming or that it takes too much energy. Perhaps it is too confining and potentially a place to be robbed.

Students smart enough to be in college can manage to cross even the busiest of streets unless, of course, they are distracted by the inappropriate use of their cell phone for calling, texting or some social-media addiction.

In that case, not even a bridge will be of much help to improve their safety.

Harry Emilio Gottlieb, Coconut Grove

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