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Review :: Environment
Read Up Psychotic Drivers, Cyclists Have Rights!
26 May 2004
Bicyclists may occupy any part of a traffic lane when their safety warrants it.

Bicycles Belong on the Road

Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. (MGL Ch.85 Sec. 11B; BTD Art. 1)

Respect for the rights of all users of the road goes a long way toward avoiding crashes. Some bicyclists ignore the rules. That doesn't mean you should imitate their behavior.
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Share the Road.
Bicycles are vehicles too.
Thomas M. Menino, Mayor
Andrea d'Amato, Commissioner
Boston Transportation Department

Bicycles Belong on the Road

Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. (MGL Ch.85 Sec. 11B; BTD Art. 1)

Respect for the rights of all users of the road goes a long way toward avoiding crashes. Some bicyclists ignore the rules. That doesn't mean you should imitate their behavior.

You Can Prevent Crashes
Most crashes involving bicyclists and motorists occur at intersections. This often happens when a motorist pulls out from a stop sign or driveway without yielding, or turns across the bicyclist's path.

When turning right, slow and merge behind a bicyclist ahead of you to make your turn from the right edge of the road. (MGL Ch. 90 Sec. 14)

When turning left, yield to on- coming bicyclists, even those at the far side of the road. (MGL Ch. 90 Sec. 14) Do not underestimate the speed of a bicyclist.

A stop sign means you must stop and wait until no traffic is coming close enough to be a danger. (MGL Ch. 89 Sec. 9)

A yield sign means you must wait for traffic, and this may well require you to stop. (MGL Ch. 89 Sec. 9)

Signal well in advance of turns so that bicyclists know your intentions. (MGL Ch. 90 Sec. 14B)

When getting out of a car, check for approaching bicyclists before opening the door.
Make Room for Bicyclists

You may overtake only if it is safe to do so.(BTD Art. 6 Sec. 5)

Change lanes to pass if you can't pass safely in the same lane. Leave plenty of room and pass at a safe speed (MGL Sec. 89 Sec. 2; MGL Ch. 90 Sec. 14)

Do not cross the center line if you can't see the road at least 400 feet in front. (MGL Ch. 89 Sec. 4)

Don't take unnecessary risks for the sake of convenience. If you think a bicyclist is farther out from the curb than necessary, look closely. Bicyclists need to ride at least a door's width away from parked cars to avoiding being hit by a suddenly opening door. Bicyclists also need to allow room to avoid potholes and debris and to pass double-parked cars. Bicyclists may occupy any part of a traffic lane when their safety warrants it.

If the lane is too narrow to share, it is safer for the bicyclist to communicate that information by riding in the center of the lane.

Be Nice

City traffic can be slow and frustrating. Don't take anger out on others. Threatening other road users with your voice or your vehicle is impolite and illegal. Bicyclists have the same right to the road as you do.

It's the Law

MGL: The General Laws of Massachusetts.
BTD: Boston Transportation Department Traffic Rules and Regulations


Bicycles are Vehicles

According to Massachusetts law, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. (MGL Ch.85 Sec. 11B; BTD Art. 1) However, the reputation of all bicyclists is hampered by the few cyclists who ride outside the law.

Riding by the same set of rules as motorists makes you predictable and greatly reduces your risk of a crash. Law- abiding actions send a message to motorists:

"I belong here. And I'm going to share the road in a predictable, courteous wayQ just as I expect you to."

Two Wheels or Four, The Law is the Same
Before entering the roadway, yield the right of way to traffic approaching. (BTD Art. 6 Sec.22)

Do not cross the stop line when the traffic signal is red. (BTD Art. 6 Sec.15)

Stop and yield to cross traffic at a stop sign. (MGL Ch.89 Sec.9)

Stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk without traffic signals, and do not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. (MGL Ch. 89 Sec. 11)

In preparing a left turn, look behind and merge to the center line or left turn lane as traffic permits, signaling to get the cooperation of following drivers as necessary. (MGL Ch. 89 Sec. 4B; MGL Ch. 90 Sec. 14)

You may not ride on sidewalks. (BTD Art. 6 Sec. 18)

Where To Ride on the Road
Ride on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic. (BTD Art. 6 Sec. 2) Motorists and pedestrians do not look for bicyclists coming from the wrong direction. Riding against traffic is the single largest cause of collisions with cars.

Look ahead for potholes, debris, and other obstacles. As soon as you see one, look behind and merge left, as traffic permits, well before you reach the obstacle.

Do not get close enough to parked cars so that opening doors may hit you.

Do not pass on the right of cars turning right.
Where there is space, leave enough room for faster traffic to pass.

You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist behind you.

Special Rules for Bicycles
Your bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or rear reflector during hours of darkness. (MGL Ch. 85 Sec. 11B)

Your bicycle must be able to stop within 30 feet from a speed of 15 mph when on a dry, clean, hard, level surface. (MGL Ch. 85 Sec. 11B)

If you are 12 or younger, you must use a bicycle helmet. (MGL Ch. 85 Sec. 11B) Wearing a properly- fitted helmet greatly reduces the risk of brain injuries, the leading type of fatal and disabling injuries to bicyclists.

When signaling a turn or a stop you may use either hand. (MGL Ch. 85 Sec. 11B)

You must give your name and address when asked by a police officer. (MGL Ch. 85 Sec. 11C)

Classes in Riding Skills & Bicycle Maintenance
Improve your city bicycling skills. Take a class. Contact MassBike, (617)542-BIKE; www.massbike.org, or Bikes Not Bombs, (617)442-0004.

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Schwinn is still my choice.
26 May 2004
Looking at these pictures. I had to laugh.
Riding my first bike in 1961, (four years old,)my father balanced me on the grass, and pushed. I fell a couple of times. And started balancing the bike.
After all these years. I ride a bike without a helmet.
Never fell on my head.
I delivered news papers at the age of 11. Got hit by a car crossing the street. Never fell on my head.
Then, all of the sudden these helmets pop up in the 90's.
Are there a lot of dumb kids out there? That fall on their heads?
More kids die from handguns than bike injuries.
What posessed the helmet to come along?
Which moron(the one who floored the bill,) made the helmet, a law? In the state of Taxachusetts?
I'll never wear a helmet riding a bike.
Worry more about your Social Security. YOU WON'T SEE IT!
Thank YOUR GOD that we have Mitt Romney! He can rip us off. Smile. And YOU will vote him back in!
Because YOU love to screw the poor. And give more to the corporations of TAXACHUSETTS!
Wait till your old...You'll see the light.
Psychotic Drivers All Over Massachusetts
28 May 2004
Boston and Worcester have the worse drivers in the state! How can you tell someone to watch out for a bike, when these morons don't know what a turn signal is? Face it...If the police would give these non driving morons tickets. They'd be off the road after a year. Then again, the police would be off the road too!