UPDATE: If you look outside you can see it’s downright nasty. Standing on a bridge over a raging river would be even nastier and flying a drone in this mess is nearly impossible. Because of these factors the folks at Bike Walk RVA have wisely moved picture day to Tuesday, December 13 at 12:30 PM.
Original Post 12/6: I sincerely hope that our city leaders aren’t blind to the excitement in the community about the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge that runs from Brown’s Island to the Climbing Wall on the Southbank of the James. All weekend Facebook and Twitter was awash with folks taking pictures, videos or just talking about the new addition to our underutilized waterfront.
Bike Walk RVA works constantly to support projects like this bridge and other ways of making it easier, safer, and more fun to bike, walk and run in our city. Keeping their mission in mind it’s no surprise they want to celebrate the bridge a bit.
Please join us on Monday, December 12 at 12:30 PM for an #RVA group photo on the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (affectionately referred to as the T-Pot). We are going to fly a drone over the bridge and snap a big happy group photo of everyone who shows up to celebrate. This will be a great way to say “thank you” to Mayor Jones, City Council, and the City’s Planning Department for all of their hard work securing the funding needed to complete the project and giving us a beautiful new biking and walking bridge. You deserve a pat on the back, too, so come out and smile with us! We’ll send you a copy of the picture!
RSVP here and show up on the Brown’s Island side on Monday.
To learn more about the man the bridge is named after read, through the eyes of his surviving wife Maura Meinhardt, read this article by Michael Paul Williams.
“I think his actions told us that,” she said. “It’s a bridge, not a wall. He’s a person who was building bridges and connecting people with each other. People have told me that their connection to him helped them stay here to do their work … to not give it up out of frustration. But he wasn’t a proselytizer. It was like he was an exemplar.”
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