Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Veteran Who Was A Bicyclist And A Popular Bridge That Drew Millions Of Bicyclists Are Gone

Two very different bicycle stories hit the web sites of local newspapers today.

One was about a veteran who was killed recently while bicycling when struck from behind by a motorist on US 41. No family member claimed his remains, and Hillsborough County was prepared to scatter his ashes in the Gulf of Mexico.

But, instead the St. Pete Times reported today he will be buried at a veterans cemetery in Bushnell.

And then there's the case of the Friendship Trailbridge on the old Gandy Bridge, which is slated for demolition despite the fact the bridge over the bay drew 600,000 annual users.

Hillsborough County commissioners agreed tooday to spend $4.4 million toward demolishing the old bridge because of structural problems. Pinellas County will also kick in $4.4 million.

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