While these bridges are some of the most heavily traveled in the world, these photos offer some less typical vantagepoints. These may not be the best photos in the world, but they were fun to take.
The Ben Franklin Bridge spans the Delaware River between beautiful Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Built in 1926, the bridge now carries about 100,000 vehicles and 40,000 rail commuters each day. The Camden Riversharks baseball stadium rests in the shadow of the bridge. It's a fun ballpark with a kids' area that includes this merry-go-round.
An average of 190,000 vehicles per day cross this bridge across the New York Harbor. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn was built in1964. You get a peek of it at the top of this fall photo taken from the tip of the Gateway National Recreation area in Sandy Hook, NJ.
To the right is a more traditional photo. It's taken from the bike path along San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, it carries up to 160,000 vehicles a day.
Here's a bit of pseudo-math to give a perspective on how much traffic these bridges together carry - at around 450,000 vehicles per day. At an average of 2 people per vehicle (not an unreasonable assumption), and adding in rail commuters who cross the Ben Franklin bridge, all together these carry something like 1 Million people per day or about 40,000 per hour if traffic were constantly running 24 hours each day. To give a feeling for what this means, consider my local town, Freehold, which has a population of somewhere around 10,000. So 40,000/hour means that every man-woman-and-child in Freehold would cross 4 times an hour, 24 hours a day. I don't know why I felt compelled to estimate this, but there it is.....