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Portland’s New Car-Free Bridge Is a Symbol of U.S. Mobility Goals

Tilikum Crossing allows walkers, cyclists, and transit riders—but not drivers.
Pedestrians walk along Tilikum Crossing, Portland's new car-free bridge, during a public preview in August 2015.
Pedestrians walk along Tilikum Crossing, Portland's new car-free bridge, during a public preview in August 2015.Screenshot via YouTube

Tilikum Crossing—Portland’s new bridge that makes room for just about every travel mode except cars—opens this weekend. Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, says “the city is abuzz.”

“I think this is a very defining moment for us in terms of how we want the city to grow,” she tells CityLab. “We have really ambitious goals of reducing carbon emissions, getting people to take transit or walk or bike. It’s just a perfect symbol of our values in this community.”