Saturday, November 05, 2011

Mercier Bridge 100% closed to bikes?

Why is this man a candidate for cyclist of the year?

The under-reconstruction Pont mercier bridge is definitely closed to bicycling on its uber-dubious crumbling sidewalk. This sidewalk, which has its land access points sealed off, also has major restrictions on passing through the bridge's deck and structure reconstruction project, plus the complete roadway itself is missing for 100 feet as the reconstruction of the north-side access bridge is rebuilt. In other words, for cyclists it's "Access Denied."

And yet we spotted this guy riding his bike mid-span on the Pont Mercier bridge high above the mighty (262,000 cu ft/s) Saint Laurence river.

How he managed to cross the formidable construction zone obstacles and access blockages will remain a pretty major mystery, but we admire his talents in achieving a river crossing which no sane person would have even attempted.

We salute you sir!


At 9:16 AM, Blogger Hobbes vs Boyle said...

Impressive indeed. Unfortunately, with November having arrived the options for getting to the South Shore have become even more limited. I tried getting across the Estacade/Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure this morning and it was closed for the season. I'll try the Cartier tonight. Does anybody know if there's a way to get across the river that's open all winter?


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