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Take A Break

Take A Break: The fact is that bicycles are legally vehicles and you are required to follow all the rules of the road, including stopping at stop signs and red lights (and waiting for the light to turn green before proceeding), yielding at Yield signs, and obeying No Right On Red signs.  Sure, motorists break […]

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Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow: Bicyclists are supposed to ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it. While getting hit by a car from behind is one of cyclists’ greatest fears, it actually happens in only about 10% of crashes. See bicycle crash data from the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway […]

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Light Up The Night

Light Up The Night: While it is certainly very important to see where you are going when riding a bicycle at night, it’s even more vital to make sure other people, particularly motorists, can see you. Many bikes come with reflectors on the pedals and the wheels, and often the front and rear as well. […]

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Get Some Head Insurance

Get Some Head Insurance: Helmets are required for children age 16 and younger riding a bicycle in Massachusetts. But helmets are not just for kids “ it’s a good idea for everyone to wear a helmet every time they ride a bike. According to Safe Kids USA and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, head […]

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Walkers Go First

Walkers Go First: No question about it “ if you run into a pedestrian while riding your bike, someone is going to get hurt (probably both of you). Massachusetts law says that bicycles are vehicles and pedestrians, well, aren’t. So it should be no surprise that bicycles, just like other vehicles, must yield to pedestrians […]

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Give Yourself Some Space

Give Yourself Some Space: When you are riding your bicycle in Massachusetts, it is legally a vehicle and you are allowed to be on the road. So make sure you take the room you need to ride safely. You do not have to stay all the way to the right “ you can take the […]

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There’s No Nice Way To Honk

There’s No Nice Way To Honk: Horns are much louder outside a car than inside, and can easily startle a bicyclist, causing them to swerve or even lose control. Never honk just to say hello or let a bicyclist know you’re there “ a friendly wave or smile is a much nicer greeting. If you […]

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The Truth About Bike Lanes

The Truth About Bike Lanes: Bike lanes define space for bicycles on our crowded roads, but they are intended to keep cars out, not to keep bicycles in. Many bicyclists choose to ride in bike lanes but if they prefer to ride with other traffic, that’s legal too. Stopping or parking in a bike lane […]

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Look Before You Leap (Out)

Look Before You Leap (Out): Getting hit by car doors is a leading cause of injury among bicyclists. Remember that bicycles can legally pass other vehicles on the left or the right, so both drivers and passengers should look behind before exiting the vehicle. Hitting a bicyclist with a car door will get you a […]

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No Sudden Moves

No Sudden Moves: Try to avoid making abrupt turns, particularly when bicyclists are around. Turning too close to bicyclists is one of the leading causes of crashes. Before you turn right, make sure there are no bicycles near you on the right. When turning left, look carefully for oncoming bicycles that might be hidden behind other […]

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