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Old 10-06-15, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by zonatandem
Mackinac Bridge from the Lower to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan is open to bicycle one da (Labor Day per year to peds and cyclists.
Haven't done it on a bike, but it is a fun and festive walk. The first time I crossed the US, I circumvented the bridge by taking a ferry to Mackinac Island from the north side, staying overnight and then taking a ferry to the south side. However, I had to come back and travel the "missing link" and so joined ~50,000 people as well as President Bush on the walk. Most folks I saw seemed to be from Michigan or nearby, and some groups and clubs had vests with patches marking each year they'd walked. This page suggests that bicycles might not be allowed during the walk: Mackinac Bridge Walk - Labor Day The bridge including approaches is ~5 miles long and considerably higher than the seven-mile bridge across the keys which I've also cycled (no walking required).

The bridge I'd like to do if it were legal is the Confederation Bridge in Canada. I came there the first year it opened and took a free shuttle provided for cyclists and returned from PEI on a ferry on other side of the island.
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Old 10-06-15, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisx
How safe are bridges for cycling. I had to push my bike into rain and wind to get accross the hood canel bridge. The wind slamed me into the wall a dozen times or more. I crossed the road, and walked into traffic. Glad the wind pushed me into the wall and not a speeding car. The guy on the motor cycle did not make it. He had to get helped off the bridge.
A lot of the safety comes in being smart as to when you cross the bridge. Like I said, without having ever having been across the Pontc bridge by vehicle, I would only do it when the weather is the on the up and up, no way would I want to even attempt something that darn long that's going to take 2 hours, maybe more to ride across during the stormy time of day/season. I've driven across the Confederate Bridge between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island many years back right after it opened and then a few hours later, NYD 1998, I was hearing the year end rap up of the stories from Canada and the talk was about the opening of the bridge and how many times they had to close to semis yet alone to all traffic due to the wind. I could see the wind on long bridges being a MAJOR factor in safety on a bicycle...just as bad a lightning.

I rode US75 in western MN this summer during the trip and was fighting to stay off the stinkin' rumble strips while getting blasted by 25(steady)-45(gusts) mph 90 degree cross winds. On a bridge that wouldn't be fun or safe.
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Old 10-06-15, 10:36 AM
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I was just up in Michigan and drove over the Mackinac Bridge, which is 5 miles long. Normally you can't ride a bike across it, but they will carry you across in a truck for $5. However, once a year, they allow bikers and walkers to cross the bridge. It's kind of a big deal in that area, and you see t-shirts and bumper sticks about it. In fact, I bought a t-shirt.
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Old 10-07-15, 07:55 AM
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Very interesting on Mackinac Bridge. Granted it was probably back in '98 time frame when I drove across it. I didn't remember it being that long. I didn't remember the shock of spending so much time on the bridge like I did when I drove across the Confederation Bridge. I will fess I'm not sure given what I've heard if I would want to ride across the Confederation Bridge. That one would take a real nice day weatherwise before I would want to ride across it. You are very vulnerable to the weather up there. I wouldn't expect, unless their is a tropical storm in the area, that you should have much trouble with something like 7 mile bridge in the Keys.
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Originally Posted by bikenh
A lot of the safety comes in being smart as to when you cross the bridge. ...stories from Canada and the talk was about the opening of the bridge and how many times they had to close to semis yet alone to all traffic due to the wind. I could see the wind on long bridges being a MAJOR factor in safety on a bicycle...just as bad a lightning.

I rode US75 in western MN this summer during the trip and was fighting to stay off the stinkin' rumble strips while getting blasted by 25(steady)-45(gusts) mph 90 degree cross winds. On a bridge that wouldn't be fun or safe.
Rode across (short) DC Key Bridge in such wind conditions--it has a reasonably wide sidewalk but bridges seem to amplify wind by ~50%. Was kinda hard just to breathe in air let alone cope with the swerving.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
I was just up in Michigan and drove over the Mackinac Bridge, which is 5 miles long. Normally you can't ride a bike across it, but they will carry you across in a truck for $5. However, once a year, they allow bikers and walkers to cross the bridge. It's kind of a big deal in that area, and you see t-shirts and bumper sticks about it. In fact, I bought a t-shirt.
That's a fairly reasonable price at least. Mackinac Bridge is a bit ironic since nearby Mackinac Island prohibits cars! Chesapeake Bay Bridge used to have an annual walk, a fun mass event but it got cancelled. Taxi van costs $25 for bikers. Again ironic since Eastern Shore/DelMarVa is world-famous for bike touring.
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
Again ironic since Eastern Shore/DelMarVa is world-famous for bike touring.
After having just been down there and riding all the way down to the northern edge of the bridge I attest to what you say above. It is one sweet area for biking. One of the weird things I noticed was the seemingness of the area to act as one state and not three states to make up the peninsula. Generally anywhere around the eastern US(east of the Rockies) when you cross a stateline you know it. You don't have to see a Welcome To state line sign. You can tell by looking at the pavement. The pavement always changes, either the shoulder width, the placement of rumble strips, how well maintained the road is, etc. You can always tell when you cross a state line by looking at the pavement. Not so in the Delmarva Peninsula. You go from one state to the next and you have a hard time telling the difference when you cross the state line. I rode down through DE and up through MD since I was trying to hit all the counties in the peninsula. I was surprised about how it seemed like it was one big state and not three separate states that make up the peninsula. Between it and the southeastern states had the best pavement anywhere east of the Rockies. Kinda like the Gulf Coast you gotta love the flatness of the area as well...at least when compared to New Hampshire where I live. The only disappointment...I was hoping for a nice photo op with the bridge but that wasn't going to happen.
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Therein may be the difference , WA/OR-US101 bridge is 4 Mi, and you can ride it 364 more days than the 5 mile Mackinac Bridge.
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