Re: French Creek Bridge, Jan. 22 edition of The NEWS.
Did I Miss Something? When I first heard of a special interest group of cyclists complaining about the “narrow passageway” across the French Creek Bridge, I thought: what is the problem?
Dismount and walk your bike across, like the signs suggested. Seems like a no-brainer right? Then I read in The NEWS that surveys were sent out to cyclists and they didn’t like the bridge.
Funny, I live in French Creek and we drive over that bridge at least four times a day and we were not consulted.
The bridge is narrow, just enough for two cars. People already slow down because they are unsure of the width of the bridge (or their own vehicle), let alone someone trying to block a lane with a bicycle. It is a traffic bottleneck now.
So, the ministry of transportation decides to allow cyclists to choose to cross the bridge either way.
The irony of the whole thing is that it is “safer” to cross with no room for error between cars and the bridge deck and cyclists as opposed to the crossing, which no cars can interfere with?
Last time I checked, you didn’t have to pay for a bike licence and yet motorists were not consulted, even though they pay a majority of the monies going to transportation.
Once again, apparently the squeaky two wheels seem to get the grease.