Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Bikes: '79 Schwinn Varsity
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The Veterans bridge does not have a sidewalk, It is about 3 +/- miles from the tollbooths to the Fort Myers side of the river.....the road consists of 2 lanes of traffic at 55 mph and 1 breakdown lane for each direction....I ride in the breakdown lane. When there is a car stalled in the breakdown lane, I signal, make eye contact and take the lane to pass the stalled vehicle......usually come across 1 a week or so, although one evening there were four separate dead vehicles changing tires....looked like a construction truck had lost a bag of nails off the back of his truck...You may be thinking of the "Old US41" bridge....
In my morning commute, now that the "snowbirds" are back, the average speed is less than 25mph with the stop and go traffic.......most every morning I will "beat" the cars going thru the toll booth to the other end of the bridge....
The officer said that when she reacted and jumped out, all she saw was my helmet and shoulders moving at a good clip because her view was covered by cars at the $1 change tollbooth, so she just assumed I was the motorcyclist scofflaw that they had been trying to catch...
She also mentioned that many of the officers know me and they have remarked that I am one of the few that always wears a helmet, have rear blinkies and a strong headlight and am one of the very very few who commute over the bridge daily, rain or shine...she even knew that when I go by the Marine Memorial, I always stop pedaling, straighten up and salute.....so she certainly had seen me many times before...