I'm looking to start bicycle commuting, and I am wondering if the fine people here have any advice to give on staying safe while crossing an Interstate bridge.
So, some details, I live on the south side of the interstate, and work on the north side. It's about a 4-5mile ride each way, so a rather good distance in my opinion. Unfortunately, the only way to get from south to north is by way of two bridges, both of which have no pedestrian access, speed limits of 45mph, and highway on-ramps. Here's a Google Map overview of what I'm talking about, Barrington Rd. and Roselle Rd. are the two bridges in question:
Coming home is less of an issue, I can take the bicycle path that runs parallel to the Interstate on the North side, and then cross via the Roselle bridge; I can ride on the far right side of the road without worry of cars exiting or merging.
Going to work, however, presents more of a headache, as both Roselle and Barrington have an on-ramp in their far-right northbound lane. I know cyclists have rights, but let's face it, I'll be dealing with commuters before their coffee kicks in.
The other option is to bike further east to Mecham Rd., which does have pedestrian access, but doubles the length of the trip, which I'd prefer to avoid, but might have to do for the sake of safety.
So, any thoughts?