This would provide access to Tyson park from fort without having to trek down to Cumberland and then back up. Would enable safe walking area that's not along busy corridor to allow more commute options. Simple trail or even just a hole in the fence at this spot would be very convenient.
Cumberland Avenue is not a safe place for people biking. The designated bike route from the 3rd Creek Greenway directs westbound(vice-versa for eastbound) cyclists onto the north sidewalk of Cumberland Ave where they encounter many pedestrians and unsafe intersections. Riding a bike in the roadway on Cumberland is not comfortable for most cyclists which is why you do not see cyclists on Cumberland. Cumberland Ave. does not serve the Fort Sanders neighborhood pedestrians either, many of whom are UTK students who can only get to destinations west (and reverse for eastbound) by exiting the neighborhood south to Cumberland, navigating the congestion on the street and narrow sidewalks to get to campus, into Tyson Park or cross into the University Commons which is a dangerous intersection as is the Cumberland/ Volunteer Blvd. intersection. This situation has only worsened with the building of multi-story university residences on Cumberland. The usable sidewalk space is still only 5 feet wide and building frontages are less than ten feet so there is minimal public space for people walking and biking on the sidewalk. A bike/ pedestrian bridge connecting Tyson Park to the Fort Sanders neighborhood will provide a critical connection for east/west biking and walking traffic. This bridge is more than a recreational amenity- it will serve as a route for biking/walking commuters, increase opportunities for Fort Sanders residents to safely get to Tyson Park and University Commons and improve the the safety of Cumberland Ave for everyone.