Mercier bridge closed to cars? Let's open it to bikes!!!!
Shocking news today that they have closed the older, southbound span of the Pont Mercier Bridge to car traffic.
But wait, maybe we can turn this to our advantage.
Since the bridge cannot support the weight of heavy car traffic, why not now open it to bicycles?
Bicycles are light, they weigh almost nothing. We are 100% certain that the Pont Mercier bridge is safe for bicycles.
It is time for the government to do the right thing to alleviate the traffic disaster that is the emergency closure of the Pont Mercier and open it to bicycles for the duration of the summer or until emergency repairs are completed. Let's try to get a little utility and value from this emergency.
Plan A was to restrict the bridge to cars only (trucks have been banned from this bridge for months). Now the gov't is at Plan B, which is to to close the bridge to cars. It's time for Plan "C" which is open the bridge to bikes for the summer.
Plan C is Plan Cycle, so let's take this opportunity to cycle this huge bridge across our magnificent fleuve St Laurent/Saint Laurence river.
We think this could become a major tourist attraction and one of the funnest happenings of 2011.
OK, gov't, let's hear the 10 reasons your engineers thought up to ixnay this great idea.
Let's make this happen!