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Guy charged with driving wrong way down one-way street on stolen scooter with 4-year-old nephew in his lap

Boston Police report on the arrest of a man whose sister may not be entrusting him with the care of her son for awhile.

Police say a sergeant on patrol in Fields Corner around 10 a.m. yesterday spotted a scooter going down Bournside Street the wrong way at a high rate of speed, with a young boy in his lap - and neither with helmets on.

The sergeant followed the scooter for a short distance and attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle using the cruiser’s emergency equipment (blue lights and sirens). Although the operator of the scooter looked back at the cruiser, the male continued driving, taking a right onto Centre Street from Dorchester Avenue before finally stopping in front of 239 Centre Street.

As the sergeant and other assisting officers approached the operator and the child, they observed wires hanging from scooter, a shirt covering a large hole in the front of the vehicle, and damage to the ignition. Since the operator could not provide any proof of ownership for the vehicle, the scooter was towed. The operator identified the child as his 4-year-old nephew, who had been entrusted in his care for the day by the child’s mother.

The man now faces charges of receiving stolen property, reckless operation and refusal to submit to a police officer. He also got citations for various traffic infractions, policey say, adding the young boy's mother will now face questioning from DCF.

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Well, now we know what it takes to actually get pulled over for a traffic violation in Boston...

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Common sense is not too common!

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and its an everyday thing, except for the part about being stopped by police. Kids ride on bike handlebars or stand on axle pegs all the time. OK, Swirly, you're up:

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Explain how these are comparable situations, please

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I mean, truly outstanding form:

  • ignoring the difference between a bicycle and a motor vehicle
  • ignoring the difference between kids being kids v. an adult being an idiot
  • ignoring the difference between kids who are old enough to ride bikes v. endangering the life of someone too young to go to kindergarten

A solid performance, 9.1 out of 10 by my vote. I don't expect this to be topped on UHub until...well, probably later in the month, when a terrible car accident kills a bicyclist and you point out that, sure, maybe the driver was drunk/texting/etc., but the bicyclist wasn't wearing a protective exoskeleton, so Both Sides Are To Blame.

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Are you saying that you really cannot see the difference between:

  • children playing on a bike at 0-5 mph (just like kids have played on bikes for a century now); and
  • an unsecured preschooler on a motorized vehicle that isn't even intact?

If so, then:

  • I'm glad that you have never been a parent
  • I'm really sorry that your childhood was so isolated and lonely

Did your parents lock you in out of paralyzing fear of everything until you got your driving license or something? Or did your peers shun you because you were different and you never had these very typical experiences. You really make it sound that way.

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...You actually think bicycles can only go 5mph?

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I mean, my 81 mile round trip bike ride to Newburyport today took considerably less than 16 hours ...

Then again, I was riding a lightweight 27 speed road bike with 700c wheels/tires, and not a single speed bmx bike with the seat about a foot lower than it should be with 100+ lbs on the handlebars or foot pegs. Those guys rarely top 5mph - 10 at most.

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Kind of excessive, right? Even trucks hauling 100,000 lbs have at most 18 forward gears and even then drivers often skip many. What is the point of having 27? Back in the day, 10 was more than enough!

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...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_r65xBOhZY

(pardon the likely ad before the clip starts)

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Jeez, you can be ignorant.

Let me explain it so that even you can understand.

Generally, a road bike will have 2 chainrings (gears) in the front, and some number in the back - let's say 9. That gives you 18 speeds, of which around 16 are usable. The key factor isn't the number, but the range of gearing, from low (easiest) to high (hardest). You pick your gearing based on where you like to ride and how strong you are.

Some bikes may have 3 chainrings to give one a bigger range of gears, mostly on the low (easier) end. If someone plans on putting panniers on the bike for touring or riding some nasty climbs, they might put a triple-chainring crank on their bike to get that kind of gearing. With a 3x9 setup, that gives you 27 speeds. Ingenious, huh?

Try riding a bike sometime, you might learn something.

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I don't climb long grades on my city bike.

I don't do seven mile descents on my city bike.

I don't need to make fine gearing adjustments for the terrain on my city bike.

If you are just riding up and down a rail trail you don't need more than three or five. If I am heading into Central or Western MA, I'll use any and all that don't cross-chain (generally the granny ring in 1-5, middle ring in 2-8, and top ring in 4-9 ... seventeen total) and allow me to maintain the cadence which is best for riding hours and hours without knee destruction.

The extra lower gears are particularly useful when towing kids or gear or touring with a load.

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Did you miss the "going at a high rate of speed" part? Scooters are faster, bigger, heavier, louder and deadlier than bicycles.

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Prove it with data. Motorized is always more dangerous.

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with or without kids on board such that they need to be stopped and bicycles not? Solo accidents not where a car hit the scooter? How about riding at night with no lights? Safe for cyclists, needing no police intervention?

BTW, notice how when a cyclist is going the wrong way down a street, they call it "salmoning", but when a motorist is doing the same thing, they are "going the wrong way"?

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Markie.

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They call it "Alzheimer's," amirite?

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