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Did you see that? Video captures rider atop West Seventh bridge arches
Star Telegram ^ | 12 jan 2014 | Deanna Boyd

Posted on 01/12/2014 9:26:28 AM PST by fella

FORT WORTH — The newly opened West Seventh Street bridge may have been a little more bike-friendly Saturday afternoon than officials were expecting.

A man who later identified himself to the Star-Telegram as Mat Olson, a professional BMX stunt rider, rode his bike over the bridge’s 24-foot tall arches to the astonishment of onlookers.

“It seemed like I was on top of a mountain,” Olson said. “It was all windy and crazy when I was up there. It was pretty exhilarating, that’s for sure.”

It was also, apparently, pretty illegal.

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1 posted on 01/12/2014 9:26:28 AM PST by fella
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To: fella

Wow, an “E-ticket” ride for sure!


2 posted on 01/12/2014 9:38:59 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: fella

The way the arches are constructed strikes me as an attractive nuisance. Kids will be getting up on them... and falling off them.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 9:40:48 AM PST by fso301
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To: fella

That boy’s got some cojones there buddy.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 9:44:52 AM PST by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: fso301

Just build a fence across them at the peak.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 9:45:44 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: fella
He's gonna have to try harder if he wants to impress me.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 9:48:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: fella

Well, I have been away a long time from my hometown. I didn’t know they had a bridge on 7th Street. Did they do away with the cobblestone?


7 posted on 01/12/2014 9:49:39 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: fella

well at least he wasn’t riding on the side walk.

that will get you a serious ticket.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 9:55:57 AM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: fella

Well now it has been done, because it had to be, nobody has to wonder if it is possible.
Mission accomplished. :)


9 posted on 01/12/2014 10:05:29 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: freekitty

Years ago I used to live in the Parkview Apartments behind the Kimball. They bulldozed them and built the new modern art museum there. Every time I visit that stretch of 7th between the Modern and downtown it’s more built up and snazzed up. Reminds me of some areas in Dallas but without that creepy feeling I get there, lol,


10 posted on 01/12/2014 10:13:41 AM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: fella

A Darwin Award is waiting. Patiently.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 10:25:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BBell
That boy’s got some cojones there buddy.

Not much in brains, though.

12 posted on 01/12/2014 10:27:59 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek

Mike Rowe impressed me in exactly that manner on one of his shows.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 10:29:44 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: fella

The arches look to be maybe 5 to 6 ft. wide so he had plenty of surface to ride on.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 10:31:27 AM PST by deport
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To: cripplecreek
I got an attack of the bends just looking at your photo.

Leni

15 posted on 01/12/2014 10:34:09 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: fella

Wow. Thanks for posting.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 10:35:09 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: freekitty

This bridge is by the old Montgomery Ward building on 7th street. The bricks remain only on Camp Bowie Blvd from University toward i30. :-(

The renovations on 7th street between University driving toward the downtown area is stupendous! You will not recognize anything in that area. Very trendy, preppy and arty farty. :-/


17 posted on 01/12/2014 10:41:57 AM PST by patriotsoul
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To: deport

18 posted on 01/12/2014 10:42:38 AM PST by deport
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To: cripplecreek
Mighty mac! woohoo!

CC

19 posted on 01/12/2014 11:02:38 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: patriotsoul

A lot of the streets still have the bricks they’re just paved over with asphalt, you can see the bricks when they do repairs.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 11:16:36 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: fella

Please stop ....


21 posted on 01/12/2014 11:27:06 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: avenir

I was born and grew up in Fort Worth. Familiar with where you are talking about. It’s just hard to remember as I haven’t been back for 30 years. LOL I think I remember the Parkview Apts. Wasn’t there a children’s museum around there? Maybe next to or across from the Will Rodgers where the Rodeo is held. Also, isn’t Amon Carter museum across from the Kimball?


22 posted on 01/12/2014 11:54:43 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: fella

I remember something know as an “attractive nuisance” from some legal class long ago. This looks like that. I can see drunks and dare devil kids running up and down these with lawsuits to follow. Why are there no barriers? I think the “owner” of the bridge has left themselves wide open for million dollar lawsuits.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 11:56:06 AM PST by dmet
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To: patriotsoul

I remember the Montgomery Wards building on 7th. How could I have forgotten Camp Bowie Blvd. Traveled that street more times than I can count. Ft. Worth is kind of artsy fartsy. I couldn’t believe they took down all those old mansions near downtown.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 11:57:24 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Will Rogers Auditorium, Amon Carter, MMoA and the Kimball formed a huge “square”. The Children’s Museum (Natural History/Texas History/Planetarium [and now also iMax]) is still there too.

The Parkview Apartments were right behind the Kimball and next to University. I really loved living in Fort Worth back then. Great place to walk or ride the bike. The Parkview was built in the forties, I believe. Hardwood floors and real wood Venetian blinds. All bills paid (have forgotten what that is like). Lots of characters lived there.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 12:29:24 PM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: deport

They have done similar but crazier stunts on 6 inch to 1 foot bridge beams. For me, 15-20 feet would be adequate.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 12:39:00 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: fella

About fifteen minutes ago I looked up the (bridge-riding) video on Youtube. It had 23,000 hits. Just now I looked again and it was up to 24,000. At this rate, it will go viral.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 12:39:12 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: dmet

They hadn’t yet erected the barriers on the north arches. The south are already done.

Also, the stunt crew did some of their own bridge modification by filling in the gaps between arches.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:48 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: freekitty
The new 7th Street Bridge was built last summer and fall to replace the old bridge which had been deemed unsafe.

As for the museums, the Children's Museum was rebuilt and expanded about five years ago, and they just added a new wing to the Kimball.

29 posted on 01/12/2014 1:09:39 PM PST by writmeister
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To: fella

Finally, a bike line I can live with.


30 posted on 01/12/2014 3:24:07 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: writmeister

Lot of stuff going on there. Is the Amon Carter Museum still there? I am still trying to think where 7th Street begins between Camp Bowie Blvd and University. Is it the bridge by the Coliseum?


31 posted on 01/12/2014 3:59:59 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: avenir

LOL I think I remember them. Isn’t University the cross street on 7th? The apts sound great. I remember when all bills were paid by apts. Don’t see that anymore. Probably much better built in the 40’s than now. Cheapy construction is mostly what you get. I remember the 7th Street theater and Kleinsmitdt(?) bakery. Loved their gingerbread men cookies.


32 posted on 01/12/2014 4:09:09 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Amon Carter Museum is still in place. The 7th Street Bridge crosses the Trinity River into downtown near Trinity Park. With all of the development on the 7th Street corridor, you might find it unrecognizable (other than the old Montgomery Wards building).


33 posted on 01/13/2014 6:53:06 AM PST by writmeister
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To: writmeister

The Trinity River is the body of water I was trying to think of. Thanks. Sounds like Fort Worth is really changing.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 9:00:31 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: writmeister

I wonder if they cleared up downtown Fort Worth. Worked there in the 70’s. Everything was one way traffic. If I remember, you always had to go 2 blocks to turn to wherever you were going.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 9:02:58 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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