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Now we look toward Cambridge from the end of the bridge. The motorist has right-hooked this bicyclist. To avoid this hazard, the bicyclist could merge into the right-hand stream of motor traffic -- or overtake on its left like the bicyclist in an earlier photo. Right-hook collisions are one of the most common types resulting in bicyclist fatalities in the Boston area, see discussion on another Web page. Bicyclist education is necessary to build confidence to merge into motor traffic, but once this is learned, it proves much easier and safer than risking the right-hook. The technique is described on yet another Web page. It isn't for children, but then children rarely travel so far afield from their homes as this bridge, and if they do, they have the option to use the sidewalks and crosswalks here. As of May, 2006, the edge stripe on the bridge has been restored, now with bike lane markings. The bike lane should have been discontinued before the intersection, but it continues all the way to the intersection, encouraging bicyclists to ride into the right hook.
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Photos and captions by John S. Allen