I have a growing concern about an overpass on my commute. Itís only an issue on my southbound way home due to stop and go traffic. There is a huge construction project ongoing for several bridges along the I5 freeway; alternate routes are even more unsafe than the one I take, so there are no other plausible options.
Essentially they are widening the bridge, and the crews recently demoíd several key lanes which has caused traffic at rush hour to be very unpredictable on the overpass. There is only one lane each way, and the southbound bike lane ranges from 2-3 feet wide. Itís a steep grade so I donít really have the option of stopping and going with the cars while staying on my bike. The overpass also leads to an onramp, so itís 50/50 whether the cars will keep moving at a green light or if itís stop and go. I have no problem getting over as long as cars are moving, but Iím getting pretty stressed out about what to do when they arenít. For the last few days Iíve been hopping off my bike and jogging through the bike lane; cars make room for me when they see me, but the ones ahead of me are often too far to the right for me to pass them. Obviously this isnít completely safe, but itís better than falling over into the cars trying to keep my balance at such slow speeds.
Since they demoíd the pedestrian shoulders, there is no legal way to walk it up the bridge. But taking the lane isnít legal if Iím walking my bike either. What is my best option for making it up the grade safely? After this most recent demo, they actually added a huge neon orange "Share the Road" with a bicycle sign at the bottom of the grade, so I know that the city has recognized the cyclist safety issues the demo has created.