Is gephyrophobia a common ailment?
Yes, I had to look it up to figure out what the technical term is for fear of bridges.
In Portland, we have a river that runs through the middle of the city separating the east from the west side. The bus I take to work crosses the Burnside bridge, which is a couple blocks long, a drawbridge, and pretty open. It looks like a city street with water underneath it. Now, on a number of occasions, I've seen people board the bus two blocks before the bridge, pay their fare, ride across the bridge, and get off at the first stop after the bridge.
They probably walked more than three blocks to get to the bus stop to begin with. I've seen people cuss out the driver because he wouldn't let them ride over the bridge without paying. Granted, some of these people looked more along the lines of street people than office workers, but still...
I've never quite understood why people would pay $1.25 to go four blocks. Is the fear of bridges a common ailment that I'm not aware of?