Another alternative: Acquire an old bridge, often free.
Use one lane for bikes and pedestrians. Allow entrepreneurs to set up in the other lane (west-side market?); charge them rent to defray bridge maintenance.
Another alternative: Build a new light-duty bridge for bikes and pedestrians. In our state, Greenville demolished a 6-lane highway bridge over the Reedy River and replaced it with a modern light-duty suspension bridge for pedestrians to view the falls.
A boon for tourism! In order to clear the Ashley channel, a bike suspension bridge could be steeper than a vehicular bridge.
One doesn't have to go to Europe to see great examples of re-using old bridges for bikes and walkers. I have been on many others in addition to those mentioned at this link. But even more important is people need to learn how to ride safely with lights and reflective clothing. They pop out everywhere downtown with gay abandon, no regard for rules or safety. It's amazing more don't die.
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