When Dan Rappoport took a bicycle trip from New Jersey to central Virginia a couple of years ago, he was surprised — and annoyed — to find that when he reached the Susquehanna River in Maryland, he had to stop, dismount and have his bike shuttled across by car.
He had reached the U.S. 40 Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, infamous among cyclists as the only stretch of a 2,900-mile trail from Maine to Florida that's closed to bicycle traffic.
But on Friday morning, Rappoport, 66, became one of the first five cyclists to cross the 7,600-foot steel-truss span. The state of Maryland opened the bridge to bicyclists for the first time at 9 a.m.
At 9:13, he leaned...