Pedestrians and cyclists are already paying for this, it's called taxes! The gas tax only pays for a small percentage of road upkeep and construction.
Ned, you must have little understanding of engineering costs if you think 100k or even 600k would be close to enough money to build a stand alone pedestrian / bike bridge. The 1200 foot Millennium Bridge in London cost over 20 million pound sterling.
As for your description of the job locations, remember the whole silicon harbor thing? I know many people who work in internet related business downtown. The city should move to keep more of those employees living and spending their money in the city and WA.
Look at cities like Pittsburgh if you want a model of how to re-invent a city. Improving the pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure was an important part to the city's rebirth as a tech hub. Take for example the Hot Metal Bridge, repurposed train bridge split into 2 sections, a roadway and a pedestrian bridge. Look at the results, they went from a dying former industrial center to the #1 most livable city.
IP your analogy falls short in that in both cases the "story" from the invading country is that troops were sent in to protect ethnic russians and ethnic germans living in those countries. I don't see the mexican army coming across the Texas border.
Improving the infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists is vital for the growth of the city. If you want to bring in and keep educated professionals in the technology and medical fields these changes are what they demand, added greenspace and alternative transportation.
Ned surely you know that cycling has been banned on the JI connector after an unfortunate death was blamed unfairly on the presence of the cyclist. People still use it of course because there is no other option and I would agree that it should be ok for use as it isn't different than the IOP connector (except for the ramps). With regard to the lack of infrastructure, please tell me where you can cross the ashley river with some degree of safety in anything but a car or on a motorcycle.
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