backwoods bicycle militia
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes: '06 Salsa Juan Solo SS (woodland militia suv), 1983 Bianchi Nuovo Racing (fixed/ss conversion, commuter/urban terror tank), '74 Peugeot Mixte (wife's), '07 Specialized RockHopper (custom, wife's), (mostly) Montere Cruiser (custom, wife's).
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JAMs and one lane bridges
Anyone else have to cross a one lane bridge on their commute? Twice this week, I've been 3/4 across the bridge when someone tried to cross. The first time was a rice rocket that broke traction trying to stop and avoid hitting me. It was full of some teenagers that were cursing at me. I just walked off the bridge the way I came and tried not to kick a headlight out.
Yesterday a redneck in a huge truck tried to do the same and yelled "get off the @#$%ing bridge!" I managed to squeeze around him with about two inches between us. I bit my tongue that time as well.
The MUP goes right to the bridge and it's shared by cars, peds, and bikes. There's nowhere to go but into the drink whenever crossing it if you fall off. Most cars just zip across it like it's some kind of launch ramp.
How do you deal with situations like this? I stop, look ahead, make sure nobody is coming, and then go. I've never had problems until recently and I hope it's not going to be a frequent occurrence. It seems to be getting really dangerous and finding an alternate route may be my only option.