City Considers Modifications After Biker Rides Over Bridge Arches
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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Forget the bike lanes. Mat Olson turned the West 7th Street Bridge into his own personal bike lane on Saturday.
Olson pedaled across all six arches of the bridge – each 24 feet tall – on Saturday.
“I’ve seen kids walking on it before that’s what gave me the idea,” said Olson.
The strip of concrete is no wider than a sidewalk. There are no guardrails, no nets and no signs warning people to stay off the arches.
VIDEO: OLSEN’S STUNT
“A few officers passed by and we got a good little window. Unfortunately, one came by as we were starting the whole stunt. They were my welcoming team at the end of the bridge,” said Olson. “They shook my hand and gave me a rundown of all the charges. You know, you broke this law, this law.”
Olson walked away with only a warning, and is now on the hunt for his next stunt.
“We are always looking for different obstacles different sets of stairs or handrails and ledges.”
City of Fort Worth leaders are now trying to figure out if any modifications can be made to the bridge to prevent any possible copycats.
But that could cost taxpayers more money. TxDot built the bridge, but the city owns it. So Fort Worth would pay for any of those changes.
City of Fort Worth spokesperson, Bill Begley, released this statement:
“The new West 7th Street bridge is a modern engineering marvel that will provide an inviting connection between our vibrant downtown and our growing cultural district for decades to come. It is the product of a great partnership between the city and TxDOT, and we look forward to the day that work is complete and the maintenance and operation of the structure is taken over by the city. It is a beautiful and safe structure when used properly and for its intended purpose. That said, we discourage residents to participate in risky behaviors like that of the BMX rider this weekend. The arches of the bridge were not designed for that purpose, and climbing, walking or riding a bicycle or skateboard on them is a dangerous endeavor. We are studying ways to reinforce that message, but in the meantime we encourage residents to use and enjoy the new structure safely and in the method it was designed and built for.”
Begley also said that Fort Worth police officers did have the authority to write Olson a traffic ticket for this stunt, but used their discretion in this case and decided not to issue a ticket.
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