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A plan to broker peace between drivers and cyclists

(Hint: It includes John Kerry and a pink bike.)

It is America’s longest war.

No one knows for sure when it began, but we are certain that one of the first skirmishes was fought on the Harvard Bridge on a Monday night in August of 1897. According to a story in the Boston Journal, “Escaped Death,” an electric car hit a cyclist head-on. Since that night, give or take, the battle between four wheels and two has been waged on nearly every street in this country, with particular ferocity here.

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