Referring to my last post, with a map, I mentioned that there are four bridges made for pedestrians only. They are the Passerelle (foot-bridge) Debilly, Passage (or Passerelle?) Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Pont (or Passerelle) des Arts and Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir. A few other bridges were built for more heavy traffic, but are today open only for walkers.
A few words about two of the pedestrian ones:
The Passerelle Debilly (which got its name from a general) was originally built as a temporary bridge for the Universal Exhibition 1900 – it was ready in 1898. It was slightly deplaced and became permanent in 1906. It got a new floor of exotic wood in 1997. It seems that the bridge was a notorious meeting place for eastern secret services during the Cold War.
The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is recent – 1999. It replaced different older bridges (Pont de Solférino) and got its name even later (in 2006) from the former President of Senegal (and poet – the first African to sit in the French Academy) who died in 2001. It has only one single arch and the arch serves as a second level for pedestrians. It has also exotic wooden floors. The bridge has been constructed by the Eiffel Company, still existing. It’s a perfect way to reach the former railway station, now the Quai d’Orsay Museum (with its art from 1848 to 1915, including the impressionists) from the Tuileries Park – or vice versa.