While crossing the Douglas Bridge last week on a typical dark, raining, windy evening, I noticed, thankfully, a person riding on a bicycle right next to my truck. You'd a thought the person, even with all the rain gear on, was out in the middle of a stroll down Sandy Beach.
I grew up in a Midwestern town similar to Juneau, located on the Mississippi River. We had a bridge much like Juneau's bridge, but unlike Juneau, people walked their bikes across the bridge along with the pedestrians in a protected walkway, not in the bridge roadway. Though bicyclists seldom use the bridge, this situation is truly an accident waiting to happen. Get the bikes out of the bridge roadway. Maybe then we could squeeze out a third lane to help ease the morning and evening commuter congestion. The approaches on both ends of the bridge make it conducive to a commuter lane. As normal with this type of activity, the third lane would only have to operate between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. weekdays. We don't have to reinvent the wheel. This same scenario is played out all across America daily.
T. Kelly Corrigan
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