The BEDFORD FORUM is testing opinion on the new Riverside North foot/cycle bridge recently strung across Bedford’s River Ouse by raising two Petitions. One Petition is to REMOVE the bridge and the other Petition is to KEEP the bridge.
Many think that this new structure is too massive and obtrusive and spoils Bedford’s celebrated riverside. Others are of the contrary view. Please view both petitions before deciding which to sign up to and which to support.
Please select a petition from the menu to either KEEP or to REMOVE the bridge.
Some comments from Facebook –
“It’s ugly and blocks out the old buildings on the town side!”
“Not an elegant bridge. This new bridge looks like it could take heavy 50 ton vehicles, yet it is just for pedestrians and cyclists ! Suspension bridges are supposed to use cables so as to look elegant, not great big fat tubes ! Awful design.”
“This UGLY LUMP of METAL next to our town symbol is a disgrace and an insult to all those people that have for many years looked after and tried to preserve our beautiful riverside. If any of my local taxes have been and or are going to be used to maintain this disfigurement of our riverside then I demand a refund.”
“It’s a bridge. To walk one side to the other. I can’t remember this much fuss over the butterfly bridge…”
“I think the actual version looks just as modern. The term ‘monstrosity’ to refer to something of design is entirely subjective. It fits in just as well with the development. Of all the things that go on in the area, I can’t help but wonder why you can’t get this upset over something that matters.”
“In time the bridge will blend in with the Riverside North development and will look perfectly at home. It’s a bridge people, they’re are far more important things to worry about.”
“Think a glass bridge would look worse & the cost implications to maintain a glass bridge would be ridiculous. Sorry but for practical reasons happy with the one with have this one it’s white colour is in keeping with the butterfly & the one near aspects side of the embankment.. It’s a bridge & will get people from one side of the river to the other.
“Build a bridge and get over it folks.”