My contacts at the Boston Cyclists Union and Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition offered sympathy — and an explanation.
“The sign is poorly worded,” said David Watson, MassBike’s executive director. “The idea is that if you don’t stop your bike over the magnetic loop in the ground (under the painted line) then your bike won’t be detected, and the light will never change for you.”
Watson said newer, more accurate versions of the sign read, “To request green wait on line.”
There’s a hitch
Reader Clyde Forsey hates towing hitches that stick out behind cars and trucks.
“Sometimes while walking past one, you may not realize that it is on the truck and it will get you right below the knee,” he wrote. “My wife also hit one with the front bumper because she thought that she had cleared the truck, but the hitch was still on.
“If you are not towing, do you have to take off the hitch?” Forsey asked.
A good question, but you probably know the answer. “There is no law requiring a tow hitch be removed when not towing,” said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman.
Don’t expect your insurance company to let you off the hook, either. “If you hit something — car, tree, fence, hitch — in most cases, you’re at fault,” said Donna McKenna, with the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents. “The fact that you didn’t see it is no excuse.”