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Old 10-12-23, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by One Wheel
If the oncoming car had popped up just a little later there would not have been time to stop. There's a sharp edge between the ramp up to the top of the bridge and the flat top of the bridge.
But, that didn't happen. You're oddly trying to portray this as having several close calls, when the driver seems to have had your welfare in mind while passing, and you were never in any danger.
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When both vehicles are traveling at least 55 mph?
Yes.
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Old 10-12-23, 02:42 PM
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There does seem to be a school of thought which holds that any action by motorists which does not result in an accident is by definition safe.
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It IS a small world after all.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
It IS a small world after all.

That's the bridge, it hasn't changed much. Beautiful picture.
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Great picture. Glad I don't have to ride over it.
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Originally Posted by jon c.
There does seem to be a school of thought which holds that any action by motorists which does not result in an accident is by definition safe.
Conversely there is a school of thought that any untoward event a cyclist imagined could have happened, did happen, and should be reported to the authorities or at least posted on A&S for dramatic effect and response.
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there is a wiki entry on this bridge:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Bridge

It is (as the caption of the pic says) a narrow bridge.
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Originally Posted by One Wheel
They gave me adequate room, and seriously endangered other traffic and themselves.
As a now reread this thread, I'd be tempted to call you a drama queen. Probably a bit short of that, but as you noted, they did treat you with a decent level of courtesy and respect. And no, they didn't create any danger for anyone else, since they were clearly (proven by what happened) wiling to adjust and correct as the situation changed.

You're simply imposing your judgement onto others, without seeing the big picture. OTOH- maybe I feel the way I do because I live and ride in and around a major city on the east coast so am very used to sharing the limited that narrow older roads afforded.
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Love that sign at the right; "Trucks must maintain at least 300 foot interval". Know why?

'Cause any closer puts their combined weight too close together for its structures to be considered safe.

It's an old bridge! Completed in 1931 then closed for 12 years after WWII because of ice damage. Rated @ under 40% sufficiency yet it's too important to close until a replacement can be built.
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Originally Posted by jon c.
Great picture. Glad I don't have to ride over it.
Thanks. I was riding with 4 panniers. Glad I didn’t have to brave it.

Maybe a constant commenter in this thread should show us how easy it is. So much “talk.” 😂
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Originally Posted by Bogey Speedwell
Yeah I’m familiar with that bridge. Used it last year, don’t get up there much ( live in Grant Co) would choose not to ride it if I had the option. Pulling that first incline coming out of Lansing could/would definitely back up traffic and may be likely to eventually cause some driver to make a poor choice.
In cycling as in the rest of life, nothing I do causes someone else to make a poor choice. Neither do someone else's actions—no matter how stupid!—cause me to make a poor choice. Took me a lot of years to learn that.
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Originally Posted by retswerb
In cycling as in the rest of life, nothing I do causes someone else to make a poor choice. Neither do someone else's actions—no matter how stupid!—cause me to make a poor choice. Took me a lot of years to learn that.
That’s awesome you got it figured out now!

The sad truth is to every action there is a reaction, since I’m not in charge of other’s decisions, I would expect some to make poor choices. A wise man would prepare thyself for others ignorant actions.

This is why I assume most preach to act like you’re invisible.
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