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Bicyclist has some serious tunnel vision

Bicyclist in the Tip O'Neill Tunnel

Andy MC spotted a bicyclist today where you don't normally see one: Heading north inside the Tip O'Neill Tunnel on I-93.

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That is a terrible idea. I hope that he/she got into the tunnel by accident and didn't actually plan this route.

And now I'll sit back and wait for the usuals to point to this insanity as evidence for why bikes are always at fault for every accident...

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Other than being high as a kite?

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How do you accidentally enter a restricted highway, let alone a tunnel, on a bicycle? It's not like you can't just stop, pick up the bike, and go back the other way when you realize what's happening on the ramp.

No, my guess is he was in South Boston and wanted to go to Logan/East Boston and couldn't take the T due to rush hour and didn't know about the Logan Ferry and didn't want to go all the way to the Chelsea River crossings, so he took a shot at making it to 1A without dying.

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and/or East Boston, then he has a very poor sense of direction, in addition to his extremely poor judgement. It's the Williams Tunnel that gets you to East Boston, not the O'Neill Tunnel.

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I remember you can only get into the Callahan going one direction and not the other. But it's south not north that gets you into it. So, maybe he was headed to Costco in Everett? Haha.

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It's not like you can't just stop, pick up the bike, and go back the other way when you realize what's happening on the ramp.

There is a raised walkway in the tunnel, except in this case it's on the other side of the tunnel. No effing way would I want to cross that highway to get to safety ... yeesh!

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That whole idea is insane.

But I do know someone who accidentally got on Storrow while riding a bike once, so I figured it could happen. But Occam's razor would suggest it's just stupidity or complete reliance on google maps.

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Storrow is a little more plausible, it has sidewalks, connects with local roads, doesn't look like an interstate highway...

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It's too blurry to tell if it is or isn't Hubway, but it wouldn't surprise me. I hear about tourists on Hubway rolling onto Storrow every now and then. An underground Interstate tunnel is a whole different matter!

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Hubway bikes have built-in lighting systems. This guy doesn't have a tail light.

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Storrow Drive is not "legally" restricted to bicycles, especially as the section before Charles has roadways entering and exiting Storrow. Yeah, Storrow, the road that was built against the wishes of the people who donated the land and besmirched a really nice parkland. As we know, stupid is fairly common on Storrow.

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IMAGE(http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Richie-and-Tall-bike.jpg)

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He had a huge disco ball on top of his bike, and he hit the top of the new Mystic River bike path underpass under Route 28 at Assembly Row (Wellington bridge). He's since lowered the disco ball so that nothing like this can happen again.

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GIS data designates Storrow as a limited access highway west of Arlington: http://maps.massgis.state.ma.us/map_ol/oliver.php?lyrs=Structures~Basema...

Presumably the "Cars Only" signs would satisfy the requirement that signs be posted, though they are certainly unconventional.

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because it turns into Soldiers Field Road and then....oh wait you mean Arlington Street?

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The state can legally ban bicycles from limited-access highways if they put up proper signs, which they have done on at least some parts of Storrow Drive (such as the westbound on-ramp from Charlesgate). Most of Storrow Drive qualifies as limited-access, though not the eastbound section from Arlington and Beacon Streets to Leverett Circle.

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because the cars on it usually aren't moving ...

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     ... that you could walk through faster than driving.

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Guess he missed the "no horses, pedestrians, or cyclists" sign at the entrance to all limited access highways.

Either that or he is intentionally epic level trolling Mark in Arlington.

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of some of the Downtown Boston entrances to the O'Neill Tunnel entrance shows that the "no peds bikes horses" signs are apparently conspicious by their absence indeed in place, but are not immediately obvious to anyone other than pedestrians on the sidewalks adjacent to the tunnel entrances. So it's likely a super focused cyclist would not see the signs.

Still no excuse however, as the cyclist would have to had ignored both the large signs that proclaim "You are Entering Interstate 93", as well as the actual tunnel portal itself. Then again, I would hope that even the most determined cyclist would have the common sense to stay off an Interstate highway.

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Actually a lot of Interstate highways are safer due to shoulders and few intersections, some are legal for bicyclist traffic as there are no alternatives.

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However, it should be apparent to almost anyone that the O'Neill Tunnel in Downtown Boston doesn't meet any of the criteria you listed. Plus, even in the western part of the country, allowing bike travel on Interstates is the exception rather than the rule, and accounts for a very tiny fraction of the actual Interstate mileage.

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so poorly meet the needs of the illegal immigrants living here and riding bicycles. At least this one isn't driving without a license where he could become a future hit and run driver.

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However, the signs in question are graphical, not text. They show the international "prohibition" symbol through a pedestrian, a bike, and a horse.

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Nice and shiny. Keep rocking.

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Trying to be different.

Or something.

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Adam paid the guy off.....

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The cars made him do it. Nobody respects the rights of cyclists.

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At least he won't be taking out his usual .7 pedestrians/mile down there.

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More than 0.7 jaywalkers per mile above ground. Try many multiples at every intersection, illegally crossing against the light.

You probably scream at cyclists for daring to run green lights.

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Keep making it a pedestrian vs. cyclist thing... way to accomplish absolutely nothing. Pedestrians had nothing to do with: sorry and thanks for playing. psst... stay off the sidewalks! Sidewalks are for people on foot and in wheelchairs.

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To blow through to.

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Honestly, if he was going north on I-93 at rush hour he was probably moving faster than all the drivers.

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Wish I could see anything other than a blurry outline of the bicycle. There's been a huge upswing in idiots on shitty walmart bikes salmoning, sidewalk riding and generally doing illegal and less than legal stuff this summer. Probably would explain a lot.

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And I've gone around Sullivan Square on a bike. (Not often; it's too dangerous)

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Very much improved bike navigation.

As for this guy, I have a fake word: Suicyclist!

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Have they cleaned up the Broadway-Revere Beach Pkwy circle in Everett, too?

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There are bike lanes all over it, including on 99 heading towards Everett.

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Sullivan Square is not that bad, really.

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I haven't been through there in a few years, and am happy to hear it has been cleaned up.

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Was he wearing a helmet?

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How typical.

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Put your damn phone away and keep driving. I hope the driver is ticketed for this stunt.

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Depending on traffic, he could be making better time than the drivers.

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Traffic moves at a snails pace there, we should set up a bike lane but just during rush hours. And we should fix the T, also lets make car pooling mandatory in all highway roads during rush hour.

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- pucker effect turned up to eleven!

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doing in the bike tunnel?

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