Police Log: Bicyclist Crashes into Honda CRV

Incidents and arrests in Arlington from Thursday to Sunday, May 17-20.

The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Bicyclist Crashes into Honda CRV

A bicyclist and the driver of a Honda CRV went back and forth on Forest Street Saturday evening until the bicyclist ran into the back of the CRV and fell down.

The bicyclist said that he and the driver may have both been cutting each other off up until the time of the crash, at about 6:50 p.m. He said that when the driver slowed down at the construction area on Forest Street, he ran into the vehicle’s back bumper.

The driver told police that the bicyclist was “all over the road,” and that he had told the bicyclist to stay to one side of the road.

The bicyclist did not require medical attention, according to police.

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Notable Incidents from Thursday to Sunday, May 17-20

Sunday, May 20

7:50 p.m., Newland Road, Malicious destruction of property over $250

10:37 a.m., Pond Terrace, Larceny under $250

Saturday, May 19

10:21 p.m., Park Avenue, Suspicious condition

9:41 p.m., Appleton Street, Motor vehicle accident, leaving the scene of property damage

6:47 p.m., Forest Street, Bicycle crash (see above)

Friday, May 18

5:30 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Arrest, fugitive from justice on court warrant

4:40 p.m., Wollaston Avenue, Malicious destruction of property over $250

2:29 p.m., Arizona Terrace, Neighbor problem

1:30 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Malicious destruction of property over $250

Thursday, May 17

9:14 p.m., Dudley Street, Fire investigation

7:34 p.m., Hillside Avenue, Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon

5:01 p.m., Willow Court, Assault and battery

4:49 p.m., Park Avenue, Motor vehicle accident, leaving the scene of property damage

1:43 p.m., Exeter Street, Stalking

1:18 p.m., Dow Avenue, Animal complaint

8:40 a.m., School Street, Suspicious condition

7:48 a.m., Summer and Washington streets, Motor vehicle accident, leaving the scene of property damage

Nancy Shaw May 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM
While driving along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington yesterday afternoon, I noticed several cyclists weaving between cars, riding in the middle of both the right and left lanes and even going left around cars cutting off drivers in the left lanes. Is this a new trend? Wasn't the Minuteman Bike Trail, which runs parallel to Massachusetts Avenue from Bedford to Alewife station, constructed to keep cyclists safely away from moving cars and delivery trucks?
David Chase May 22, 2012 at 09:24 PM
No, not necessarily. In the same way that Route 2 is not adequate for all automotive travel in Arlington, the Minuteman Trail is not adequate for all bicycle travel in Arlington. The exact laws about what cyclists may or may not do in traffic are a little tricky, and what you describe may have been simple passing on the left in spaces where a car would not fit. Bicycles are certainly allowed to pass on the right, and the drivers' manual does not contain an explicit prohibition on lane splitting (it does for motorcycles, chapter 4, p. 90, "Special rules for motorcycles". Special for motorcycles means it does not apply to anything else -- in particular, bicycles.) Bicycle laws: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter85/Section11B "Driving in a single lane": http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter89/Section4A I also note that on many roads that are technically only a single lane in each direction (Trapelo Rd, Belmont St, and Mass Ave in many parts of Arlington and Lexington) that cars will pass one another where the single lane is wide enough, so this behavior (legal or not, I cannot tell for sure) is not the least bit unique to bicycles. It just happens that for bicycles, many more lanes are "wide enough" to allow this sort of passing.
BD May 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Legal or not, it poses a real danger to the bicyclist to weave in and out of traffic.
David Chase June 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
How do you know that it's a "real danger"? The actual "real danger" (measured, in mortality studies of thousands of people over multiple years) is to drive a car to excess, and not commute/shop by bicycle. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?volume=160&issue=11&page=1621 The mortality rate for non-bicycle commuters was 39% higher. That's darn dangerous.


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