Bike & crosswalk rules and behavior in Somerville/Cambridge, MA
August 14, 2013 3:27 PM Subscribe
What is the legal and/or good behavior when you are riding a bike and come upon a pedestrian crosswalk (no lights) and want to cross the street? What about as a rider who is riding on that street, and there are other riders right behind you, and you see the person trying to cross the street? I'm in Somerville, MA, very close to the Cambridge border.
posted by miomiomio to travel & transportation (11 answers total)
I rode my bike down a side street and came upon the larger road. There are no traffic lights, just the markings on the road for the crosswalk. So I dismounted off my bike and prepared to walk it across. Rush hour, so cars were not being very friendly, not stopping for me even though I was standing at the edge. Lots of bikes too, nearly unbroken line of them. I waited and looked for a gap in both cars and bikes, and started walking my bike across. Guy approaching me from his left on his bike doesn't slow down and instead yells at me as he passes behind me. I curse back - shouldn't have done that, needless escalation, but I was already feelig short-tempered. He cursed back. Grar.
How should I have done this differently? It would have been avoided if I was patient and waited for when there are no bikes and cars for a long period of time. I know I should have done that if I want to be totally safe and avoid all the annoyance. Between all the cars and bikes, I didn't see a totally empty segment coming up, so I decided to start crossing the street whe I saw a reasonable gap. I didn't cut off the guy on the bike suddenly - he could see me trying to cross the street from a little ways back. He had a bunch of people behind him so I can see how he doesn't want to stop on a dime, but I didn't force him to, anyway. He just didn't want to even slow down, and called me out for making him do so. But isn't he required to stop, legally speaking? Help me untangle so I can do better next time.
FYI this was on Beacon St, near the Walgreens just past Inman Sq.