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Somebody going to lot of bother to try to eliminate the bike lanes on the Mass. Ave. Bridge

Traffic cones now sitting on the Charles River below the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge

Eitan Normand shows us all the traffic cones now sitting on the Charles River below the Mass. Ave. Bridge. The state had put the cones down as part of a pilot to add bike lanes to the bridge.

MassDOT Administrator Jonathan Gulliver is pissed.

He reports that whoever threw cones over the side of the bridge came back after workers put down new ones and threw those on the ice as well:

This creates a hazard for all road users and is polluting the Charles. Anyone with information on this should contact law enforcement.

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This is the most exercise a bike hater has gotten in years.

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Your self-righteousness is now beyond parody.

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True, but if he's still annoying you, it's time well-spent.

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His wife got hit by a car, remember?

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"please dont put in the newspaper that i got mad."

https://twitter.com/dril/status/549425182767861760

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John does remind me of a kind of uncanny valley Dril without any of the irony

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thinking of inventing a new type of person to get mad at on here. maybe people who carry too many keys around.. i dont know yet

https://twitter.com/dril/status/1035218616403128320

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Coming to a WWE show near you.

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Abbott is in the back taking bets and hustlin' people as usual. Bonus points for those who get the reference.

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$10 says it was dumb kids. But why consider that when we can assume it’s a hate crime against bicyclists? Give me a break.

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Remember when vandalism meant flipping a freshman end over end across a bridge to create an alternative scale of measurement? Who's gonna fish those cones out of the drink when the ice melts (don't nobody go out onto it for crissakes).

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The whole Smoot thing was his idea. He told them to flip him over and over.

This was just a NIMBY type action again a bike lane.

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I mean yea, dumb kid (or drunk 20 something) is a likely answer, but its still illigal dumping and could result in $15000 fine for each cone after the first.

Which would be clearly be overkill, but it makes the point.

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and doing it again.

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Because I would hope that some would give me straight odds on a $25 dollar bet of the same thing. Though I would want a broad definition of "kids."

Doesn't make the act right, and certainly that someone from the highway department is going to have to go on the ice to get the cones back ranges somewhere between annoying and dangerous, but I don't see a motorist going through the effort to do this. Most likely someone walking over the bridge, perhaps under the influence of something or whose mind is otherwise impaired, deciding to have some "fun" by throwing cones off the bridge.

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I’m not justifying it, I don’t want cones in the water either, but let’s spare everyone the pitchfork outrage and “cars are bad” debate, please.

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… it now sounds like driver “victimhood is alive and well.”

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… if after dispatching the last cone, the cone tosser stood there in the reclaimed full traffic lane admiring their work …. and was flattened by a speeding texting driver.

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but wait and watch this time. :-)

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I'd buy dumb kids or drunks, but the crybabying over this pilot is bonkers enough that I'd believe some Herald commenter went out in the cold to act like this.

And said crybabying is baffling. The bridge feeds into a bunch of stoplights on both sides (due to busy colleges/neighborhoods on both) and goes past multiple public transit stops. There's basically no reason to take a car across it unless you've got a medical concern or are hauling freight.

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So now what happens to the cones... do they lower a giant claw to pick them up?

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It could be a doubly useful opportunity for the fire department on either side of the river to do ice rescue training right there.

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Cones on a string?

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This safety theater production is much more engaging than usual. I LOVE IT!

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