[*BCM*] CM arrest today
atheistrabbi at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 30 18:27:33 EDT 2006
The regulation does specify motor vehicle, though.
>From: Adam Shoop <info at adamshoop.org>
>Reply-To: Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org>
>To: Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org>
>Subject: Re: [*BCM*] CM arrest today
>Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 01:41:03 -0400
>I assume the following is applicable:
>MGL Chapter 89: Section 9.
>"The driver of a motor vehicle shall not cross or enter an intersection,
>which it is unable to proceed through, without stopping and thereby
>blocking vehicles from travelling in a free direction. A green light is no
>defense to blocking the intersection. The driver must wait another cycle
>of the signal light, if necessary.... Any person violating the provisions
>of this section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $150 for each
>It's not that the rider was simply blocking a lane of traffic behind him
>(outside of a bike lane) but that he was fully stopped ("corking"),
>preventing cars behind him from moving forward so that the CM riders could
>stay together without car(s) in the mix. I can't remember if it was in
>the middle of or before the intersection of Mass Ave. and Garden St. by
>the time I took notice.
>On Apr 29, 2006, at 12:14 PM, turtle wrote:
>>Just FYI, there is really no ticket for "blocking traffic" as such.
>>Bicyclists have the same rights and laws on the roads as other
>>vehicles, and thus cyclists are completely entitled to drive in any
>>lane appropriate for travel (though not two abreast, oddly).
>>Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org> wrote:
>>> I was wondering if there was some sort of (for lack of a better
>>>phrase) Ticket Defense Fund for Critical Mass rides. Yesterday was my
>>>first real ride with you all (awesome), and my general impression was
>>>that you don't often get hassled by the cops. But in those cases where
>>>someone does get ticketed for blocking traffic (or for whatever), which
>>>is a service done for the group's safety, I was wondering if you maybe
>>>had some kind of procedure for donations or whatever to defray the cost
>>>of the ticket. A $100 ticket can be costly for one individual, but if we
>>>have 100 riders on any one day, and we pass around a coffee can for
>>>ticket costs at the next ride, that's only a buck each if everyone
>>>decides to give, and we're spreading the incidental burdens of the ride
>>>across all of us who benefit.
>>> - John Hays
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