I just read in the paper yesterday that the city is planning on removing a bridge and permanently closing a road to through traffic in one neighborhood, a road I take for my commute in the mornings, to help alleviate some flooding issues in that neighborhood. Unfortunately my other options are few and less than ideal. Anyone familiar with suburban community planning knows how limited the alternate routes for cycling can be, if you want to avoid the busy arterial roads. This particular route I take is such that it limits my time on several different arterials, and is also better terrain-wise.
I only have 2 other viable options, both of which substantially increase my time on either 5-lane arterial roads or busy 2-lane roads with no shoulder and not much opportunity for passing. I emailed the mayor yesterday to see if some type of wooden bike/ped bridge could be built when the road bridge is removed, similar to what we have in the city park near my house. He said he will talk to the engineers about it. The bridge removal will be discussed at next Tuesday's Board of Alderman meeting, so I'm going to try to attend and maybe bring up my concerns and suggestions to the Board. I might even print out some large-format graphics on boards to take with me.