Had an interesting encounter today.
I was going home on the Fremont bridge, just like I do every day, and I was on the sidewalk. There were only two people on the bridge, one ped heading my way, and another headed away from me.
The guy coming at me jumped out into the middle of the sidewalk, and yelled at me to stop. Having nowhere to go, I slam on the brakes, and he starts yelling about me slowing down, something about a 5mph speed limit on the bridge. I just stared at him for a couple seconds, and then said "theres no speed limit on the bridge idiot" as I started to ride away. He grabs both my arms and says "wanna bet?" So I started screaming at him to let go, thats assault, expletive, expletive, and he responds back with "your assaulting everyone going so fast." at this point I gunned it out of there.
I know that I shouldn't be riding on the sidewalk, but I've been riding the bridge for three years, the first spent on the sidewalk, following the recommended bike route, the second in the street, and then back on the sidewalk this year. My reasons are many. First: the bridge grating is worse than ice when wet; second: motorists who have no problem with me in the street elsewhere, get LIVID when I ride across the bridge; and third: its just so much easier, every time I rode in the street I felt like I had to go as fast as I could, see #2.
Honestly, I just hate the situation on the bridge, but I feel like Im choosing the lesser of two evils by riding the sidewalk across it.
So I guess what I'm wondering is, is there a speed limit across the bridge? and also, how do you handle the crossing?
Fake edit: forgot to mention, I DO slow down crossing, even more so when there are pedestrians on the deck, but in this case, as I said, it was virtually empty today. I was going about 15 mph when I got on the deck, and had already slowed to about 12 by the time he made me stop, planning on slowing even further before I reached him.