Cincinnati Bridge Tour
By Heather Rader

Did you know that Cincinnati has four pedestrian-friendly bridges?

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Purple People Bridge, Taylor Southgate Bridge and Clay Wade Bailey Bridge connect Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s riverfront, making it easier for pedestrians to traverse the Ohio River and provide stunning views in the process.

I often find that exploring a city on foot is the best way to get to know the neighborhoods and must-see attractions. One of the best ways to discover the beauty of Cincinnati’s riverfront is to explore the pedestrian-friendly bridges that connect Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky. My husband and I took advantage of a beautiful sunny afternoon to discover Cincinnati’s pedestrian-friendly bridges, holding hands we crisscrossed the Ohio River while enjoying the spectacular views of the riverfront.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened in 1867 as a prototype for the world famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Now a major thoroughfare for both pedestrians and vehicles alike, the “singing bridge” makes a humming noise that serenades pedestrians as vehicles drive over the metal-grate frame. The spectacular blue Roebling Bridge connects The Banks of downtown Cincinnati to Covington, Kentucky.

The Newport Southgate Bridge, formerly the L & R Railroad Bridge opened in 1872. In 2003, the bridge became a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and is nicknamed the “Purple People Bridge.” The “Purple People Bridge” is the longest connector of its kind in the United States that links two states. A leisurely 10-minute stroll across the purple hued bridge connects Sawyer Point in Cincinnati to Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky.

The Taylor Southgate Bridge is Cincinnati’s newest bridge that opened in 1995, replacing the 1890’s Central Bridge. Both pedestrians and vehicles share this multi-lane bridge which connects U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati to Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky.

The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge opened in 1974, both pedestrians and vehicles share this bridge as U.S. Route 42 and U.S. Route 127 utilize it to cross the Ohio River. Pedestrians can catch the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge just west of Paul Brown Stadium (Home of the Bengals) and walk to Covington, Kentucky.

Walking across the Ohio River on one of Cincinnati’s pedestrian-friendly bridges is the perfect way to spend the day on a romantic date, family outing, or a walk with friends. Discover the wonderful views of Cincinnati’s’ riverfront on one of the colorful white, blue, purple or yellow bridges that reflect brilliantly on the Ohio River.

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