It’s Friday, and my car won’t start — transmission needs work. It goes to the shop. No loaner, so it will be a no-car weekend or a $100-plus rental on top of the cost of the repair.

My family can afford this expensive transportation choice. Many cannot. Options are limited and time-consuming. How can we as a community provide more reasonable, safer options to everyone?

Making the Legare Bridge safe for people to ride bicycles or walk over is a wise investment in the future of neighborhoods west of the Ashley, especially when one considers the opportunities that the Ravenel Bridge bike/pedestrian lane provides to Charleston and Mount Pleasant residents.

Shouldn’t people who don’t own or drive a car have safe transportation choices?

Recent data show that more than 81 percent of people in the region drive alone to work.

Isn’t it time to consider alternative transportation, HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes, and dedicated public transportation corridors?

Shouldn’t we consider options at the North Bridge along Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Cosgrove Avenue as well?

We have a unique opportunity to connect rather than dissect Charleston, and to do it with an eye toward more sustainable growth.

The complaints against the bike/pedestrian lane between West Ashley and downtown focus on current congestion and the ever-increasing number of people moving to the area.

However, our transportation choices are so limited that congestion is both a fact and an inevitability.

No amount of road building will solve the problem on its own.

Given the geography of the region, there is nowhere for roads to go.

Our best, most reasonable options in the near term are to take full advantage of the transportation corridors we have.

The piece of the puzzle provided by the lane across the Ashley River may seem small, but it offers a large dividend for the long term, one that is inclusive and liberating.

Whitney Powers

Gadsden Street

Charleston