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Armored-car driver arrested for blocking bicycle lane in Cambridge

Cambridge Police report an armored-car driver from New Bedford not only refused to move his wide vehicle out of a Mass. Ave. bike lane yesterday, he gave an officer some lip about it: He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, blocking a bicycle lane and refusing to produce his license and registration.

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Woo-hoo!

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If only the police would also enforce the engine idling law (M.G.L. ch.90 §16A), which does not exempt armored trucks.

The diesel exhaust from those trucks is never fun to breathe.

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Oh Hell Yes! GO CPD!

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to cyclists who don't have lights or reflectors at night, run red lights, or change lanes (right in front of a car, of course) without looking or indicating.

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It's a bit much to claim an equivalency between footloose (even reckless) cyclists and bikers-be-damned drivers. Only one of these groups is meaningfully putting others' lives at risk.

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while there are a great many reckless drivers here in the Bay State who have this "bicyclists-be-damned" attitude, this kind of attitude really does cut both ways. I've seen plenty of cyclists put themselves, as well as automobile drivers and even pedestrians at risk by running red lights, cycling the wrong way down streets, especially down one-way streets, weaving in and out of traffic. Plenty of bicyclists have been killed by engaging in such practices.

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of how a cyclist could put an automobile driver at risk

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How about when the bikers are cutting in and out of traffic or running through red lights causing drivers of cars to slam on their brakes, resulting in other cars crashing into them causing personal injury? or when a driver has to swerve to avoid a biker who has absolute disregard for others because, well--it's all about me after all?

It's too bad you cannot see beyond yourself to the rest of society. If you could, perhaps there would be less chaos on our roads.

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Drivers slamming on their brakes resulting in other cars hitting them has more to do with unsafe following distances than the cause for the brake slamming.

A driver swerving due to a bicyclist means the driver was participating in unsafe overtaking of the bicyclist.

In both situations, it appears to me that the drivers involved weren't able to see beyond their own needs. They didn't follow well enough to avoid a collision when the driver in front stopped short. They didn't anticipate that a bicyclist might need to cut around a slower moving bike, avoid a car door being opened, avoid a pothole, didn't give them the full lane when passing, or maybe there was a fucking armored truck parked in the bike lane.

If they had, maybe there'd be less chaos on our roads.

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Perhaps when cyclists cause the kinds and rates of casualties as motorists, we'll talk about enforcement priorities.

But that would involve facts. Better get your epi pen if you want to play this game.

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Now if they only enforced the DOZENS of cyclists who blow red lights per hour, we’d be all set!

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Hows the view?

Now if they would enforce cars who blow reds, cars that are quite capable of killing peds and cyclists, we would all be all set. I see far more cars running reds and going through ped lights than cyclists.

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Please show your work.

I'd be happy to list the dozens of citations that have previously appeared on UHub that demonstrate that cyclists are equally as likely to ignore traffic control as the drivers around them, but, hey, knock yourself out and show us your factual bases for your statement.

We're still waiting from the last time to see some actual data.

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Granted I've only witnessed it two years ago now at Central square. Officer on foot waited for the pedestrian signal of all things near the bus stops on Mass Ave. Bicyclists going westbound that ran the light were flagged down and asked for ID. Can't recall if they got warnings or citations, but the confusion of the riders was priceless and I finally felt vindicated for all those signals I patiently waited for on my bike.

Since then I have noticed (slowly) improving overall compliance from fellow bicyclists than when I first started riding years ago... It's still far from perfect, but I do know that if you set examples by waiting you definitely help prevent the lemming effect of everyone else just going along and running lights.

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Cambridge PD has been doing that for years. I've seen them on Mass Ave at the signalized crosswalk at MIT, and they nabbed me a few years ago on Hampshire St. for jumping the gun by a few seconds and going with the leading pedestrian interval rather than waiting for the green.

No warnings either, they're tickets.

I had a casual chat with the officer writing mine, who agreed with me that I wasn't harming anyone, but said that since I technically broke the law, unfortunately he had to write me a ticket.

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This is absurd. CPD tickets constantly for cyclists that run red lights, I personally know several people who have gotten tickets (including myself once-- I went during a pedestrian signal, thought it was okay-- learned that is not okay in Massachusetts). I forgot about the ticket and they even sent a letter threatening to suspend my drivers license. You should save your breath for ACTUAL problems rather than imagined ones. People like you are a cancer for actual meaningful transportation change that considers all modes of transportation.

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Wells Fargo, Loomis, Garda, Brinks? I gotta bet it's Garda.

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About time. I see too much trouble causing from some of these cop wanna bes.

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those drivers are the biggest d-bags on the roads.They want those jobs so they can carry a sidearm and feel tough.

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