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Vandals collapse 40-foot snow tunnel dug by Mass. cyclists

Ari Goldberger said the tunnel was destroyed by vandals during the weekend, but cyclists gathered and cleared the snow from the bike path by the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford.

By Ben Hooper

MEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A group of Massachusetts cyclists have cleared deep snow from their path after someone demolished their 40-foot-long tunnel through the snow mound.

Cyclists led by Ari Goldberger and Shadron Davis dug a 40-foot-long tunnel last week after a portion of the bike path, which runs between Boston and Medford, was blocked by snow plowed from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority parking lot at Wellington Station in Medford.

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"The MBTA blocked access to a bike path with a giant snowbank when they plowed the parking lot at Wellington Station," Goldberger wrote in the description of a video showing off the tunnel on YouTube. "We decided to do something about it!"

The group said it took 8-10 hours to dig the tunnel.

The tunnel helped the cyclists avoid a dangerous intersection nearby, but someone ruined the fun by collapsing the tunnel Saturday night, so the cyclists gathered again Sunday to clear the snow from the path.

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The cleared path no longer has the novelty of the 40-foot tunnel, but it does provide the cyclists with a safe route for riding, the group said.

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