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So close, you can almost taste it.

Although the highly anticipated Porter-Niagara ped-bike bridge and observation landing is not quite open for excursions, it appears as if the only thing holding it up might be a ribbon cutting ceremony. Over the weekend, the weather was unseasonably warm, which meant that people were out and about on foot and on bikes. I noticed that some of those people had walked out onto the observation platform, and that’s how I managed to wrangle some images of the yet-to-be-open waterfront walkway/bridge.

In a previous post, I pointed out that along with the walkway and the bridge, there was also a secondary path leading down towards the water’s edge.

Once open, this is going to be the perfect place to watch the crew teams during West Side Rowing Club’s annual regattas. There’s a hill of grass that is perfect for lounging and viewing the action (lead image).

It’s also the perfect spot to take a break when on long cycling excursions. The pedestrian overpass also offers protection for the beating sun or a light rain. As for the path, it ends just before the Peace Bridge, but you can see how tempting it would be to extend it along the Black Rock Channel.

It won’t be long before this key ped-bike connectivity is open, which will once again allow pedestrians and cyclists to get from Niagara Street to Lasalle Park effortlessly. Once the bike lanes are added to Niagara Street (next phase), it’s going to be smooth sailing… er, biking, from then on.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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