On Easter Sunday I took a beautiful bike ride from the city to West Deer which included crossing the Highland Park Bridge. With the sidewalk area under construction, and because it’s a four-lane bridge that can easily accommodate a fast cyclist during a holiday, I took the road.
This bridge has a very peculiar on-ramp: at first narrow, it widens and then quickly narrows again. When a road narrows suddenly, a cyclist and a passing car can easily be forced right into each other. Not wanting to get hit, I rode in the middle of the lane which is legal in Pennsylvania and the best way to keep everyone safe.
An impatient driver behind me did not understand why I was in the middle of the lane. She honked, then where the ramp widens managed to squeeze by me with inches to spare. I would have much rather wished the driver “Happy Easter,” but my actual exclamation is not fit for print.
She reached the end of the ramp about four seconds before I did. I hope putting my life in danger was worth it. Remember, when a cyclist rides in the middle of the lane, it’s because there is not enough room to pass safely in that lane. Wait for an opportunity, and cross the yellow line when passing if no one is approaching.
If Easter and spring are about new life, let’s start by respecting the human life of our fellow ’Burghers.