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Guy bicycling down 128 ends up surrounded and taken down by police

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Pearls were heavily clutched (unlike the cars around him/her).

The suicyclist is an idiot, but wow what twitterwankage!

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Clearly this cyclist is mentally ill -- show some compassion.

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I don't get it. What strawman are you attacking?

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No sane person would do that. Could possibly be on a mind altering substance and mentally unstable.

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When I was young and foolish I ended on on a couple of limited access highways on my bike by mistake or misreading maps. IIRC, you can go pretty fast on a bike down Route 2 from Lexington to Cambridge. :-) That said, had the cops stopped me I'd be cool with them getting me off the road. I knew it was wrong but I didn't know another way to get where I wanted to go.

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Rt. 2 is weird. There are many east-bound on-ramps in Lexington and Arlington which don't have the typical signs prohibiting pedestrians/cyclists/equestrians. There is an unnamed access road in Arlington, from Pleasant to Park Ave, which is a popular category 4 climb on Strava (due to it's avg 4.8% grade for 1.25 miles) - it doesn't even look like a bike would belong there, but there's even a bike lane. Past Lexington, where 2 becomes two lanes each ways, there are no signs of any kind, I actually know a couple people who tried to bike to Walden Pond that way (overestimated their abilities and asked me to pick them up half way). There are plenty of bucolic New England roads like Page, Old Country in Lincoln which simply dead-end at Rt. 2, so you have to backtrack - if you know that you're not supposed to be on 2.

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Seems like a safer thing would have been to surround him and ensure he exits, then arrest him. Doing it on a highway risks exactly what happens -- he makes a break for it into the traffic, putting his life and others in more danger.

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Why didn’t you become a cop?

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I think an escort behind, to the exit, maybe an escort in front to help ensure the exit exit would be better than blocking two lanes at a low speed.

But no.

I don't do traffic stops.
I don't know what standard operations are for pullovers, but completely blocking two lanes with a low speed vehicles to protect a 3ft wide low speed vehicle seems illogical.

And really. One driver's psychological or intellectual assessment is another cyclist's psychological or intellectual assessment of a driver.

Drivers are far less risk averse for the idiocy they conduct above 40mph than most cyclists.

But hey, Safety Theater must go on!

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Looked like he wanted to continue on the highway. Kind of difficult to force him with a giant metal box without injuring him.

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It's all so tiresome.

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Just like all the bike discussions.

I'd suggest UHub focus more on tricycles, but it would be a third wheel for the site.

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Should be cited for not wearing the Styrofoam Hat of Invincibility.

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The last half mile in Gloucester is not limited-access. It passes through a couple of rotaries and at least one traffic light.

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Done that. Completely legal as there are few other ways into Gloucester and, as you note, it is neither limited access or restricted.

I've been up the hill on Route 2 many years ago. Wide shoulder, nobody cared.

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I have never tried that, because my impression is that the shoulder is insufficient or entirely absent here.

For Route 2, I much prefer the service roads.

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As you probably know, there are no service roads past the Arlington/Lexington border. And there are a few businesses and homes on Route 2 west of 128.

What about that Jewish cemetery in Peabody? I don't think there's any other way to get there besides 128.

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of bike commuters and they don’t have dedicated bike lanes.

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Has one of the highest fatality rate of cyclists and pedestrians per capita.

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How's the fatality rate of motorists in Florida?
Similarly high?

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Key West is not a typical part of Florida.

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It's ridiculous that people are blaming the bike for causing an unsafe situation rather than the cars that go too fast and are intentionally unaware of other vehicles besides cars using the road.

Obviously Route 128 needs a designated bike lane so that cyclists can safely ride it.

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I actually would like to see some type of bicycle lane added to highways, likely protected by barriers.

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The rebuilt I-95 bridge over the Merrimack River includes a bicycle and pedestrian path.

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Don't forget the pedestrian path while you're at it.

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Route 128 and other similar highways here in the Bay State are not designed and/or destined for bicycling on....period. That guy's lucky he didn't get badly hurt or killed.

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Yes.

...and lucky he didn't cause anybody to be hurt or killed by swerving to avoid him.

Same with the ass who was bicycling southbound on the Expressway at least two evenings last week.

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this was written with sarcasm

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