|Make this part of the commute!|
As such, its "capacity" for people not in cars wildly exceeds its capacity for drive-alone cars. A lot more people can walk on the bridge than drive on it!
So why not try an idea long advocated by N3B?
The City should aggressively sell and attractively price M-F parking permits to people who live in West Salem and work downtown. Ask them to park in Wallace Park during the day and to walk or bike the last mile to work.
This would be a great thing to pilot during the summer and to see what kind of impact it has on bridge traffic, and what kind of impact it has on foot traffic and quality of life in downtown.
What's the downside, really?
If there are problems, it can be abandoned. If it looks like a good thing, maybe there are ways to expand the park-n-ride concept, or to sweeten it to continue through the fall and winter months the rain and dark makes us long for the sun.
It's an experiment that should happen!