Here in Seattle there's a drawbridge that is a main N-S bike commuter route. for the last six months there has been construction that has limited it to two lanes of traffic versus 4. I have been riding it in a certain way. I wanted to get some input. i'll post some pictures in the next couple of days, but I'm not riding with the camera much.
Scenario: Bascule drawbridge with metal grates. span is only a couple of hundred feet of grating, and a few hundred yards of approach, but with the two lanes of traffic on it, bottlenecks up with significant traffic during the day. cars back up 3 to 4 light cycles during rush hour sometimes.
Narrow lanes (10 feet wide) drawbridge also has a seperated 4' wide pedestrian walkway - on only one side - due to the constructution. Foot traffic, joggers, walkers across the walkway pretty much all hours, slowing a bike down to a walking pace.
Heading north and west after the bridge requires a bicyclist to do a two part turn, coming off the walkway at a traffic signal, then crossing the bridge way to head west. unfortunately, this is one of the main bicycling routes for commuters and all bicyclists.
the same procedure has to be repeated by bicyclists coming south that uses the walkway. Riding from all points north, a crossover of the bridge way onto the ped walkway, then a second crossback at the south end of the bridge into riding position towards downtown.
This is an inconveinence to bicyclists and has been for the last six months, and looks to continue until 2008.
When traffic is backed up during rush hours, where would you ride?
The walkway, that requires ped speeds and a two or three step pedestrian style crosswalk crossing?
Would you split the narrow lanes on the drawbridge, dicing the double yellow between cars across the metal grating, dodging car mirrors to expedite your crossing?
Would you wait several traffic light cycles in traffic, and stand a chance of being delayed by the bridge going up, and still ride the metal grating?
Would you ride a metal drawbridge grate at any time, even when traffic isn't bad, or would you go pedestrian and have to do crosswalk style turns at the ends of the approaches over this drawbridge?
I have been using the ___________________ method.
This is the Fremont Bridge in Seattle, for any Seattle local riders.