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  •  Finally! (12+ / 0-)

    You'll have a great time biking around Boston.  Just be careful about the crazy drivers, and never assume they'll do the sensible thing.  Remember, as a biker you don't exist to them.

    "I would say to you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!" Bzzzt! Sorry Barry, thanks for playing.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:14:43 PM PDT

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    •  I like biking too (6+ / 0-)

      and if i don't do it every day, I get restless leg syndrome.  If that's really a disease.  

      A long bike ride is a very zen activity.  

      "Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House." -Bob Herbert

      by Nada Lemming on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:27:48 PM PDT

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    •  yes, you are very right (5+ / 0-)

      I get intimidated easily -- I see lots of bikers doing the right thing and taking the lane to turn left, etc., but that scares me, though I know it's been proven safer. I'm going to get to know the back streets well, to avoid the crazier situations.

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      by virgomusic on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:29:40 PM PDT

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    •  Biking in the Commonwealth (8+ / 0-)

      I lived in Boston for years, and now I live in Concord. It's true--automobile traffic is sometimes difficult to negotiate. However, cyclists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are bound by the same traffic laws as automobiles and motorcycles. You must stop at active pedestrian crosswalks and at stopsigns, signal your turns, and if you have had "one for the road" can be convicted of DUI in Massachusetts for operating a bicycle under the influence on a public roadway.

      Very few cyclists in Massachusetts observe these rules. In fact, in Concord Centre on Saturday I was nearly run over as a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk by two cyclists riding in tandem, which is in some municipalities illegal.

      If you bike in Mass, know and obey the rules of the road. And, enjoy the beautiful scenery. Please stop for pedestrians, especially--some of us can't hear you coming!

      Thanks for a wonderful diary.

      No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.--H.L.Mencken.

      by commonmass on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:41:49 PM PDT

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