Biking 101

Posted on July 21, 2011

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How many of you use biking as a substantial or main form of transportation?                                 

How many of you drive on the road with bicyclists?

Did you all know that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as operators of motor vehicles? According to Massachusetts State Law, bicyclists are required to follow all traffic rules, and are also allowed to ride bicyclists on any road or highway in the state (excluding limited access expressways). Bicyclists have the responsibility to carefully navigate traffic and use hand signals to indicate when they are turning.Mass Bike has some advice to help bicyclists ride through traffic safely.

1-        Adhere to traffic signals

2-      Avoid passing any moving vehicle on the right

3-      Make yourself visible at night (using reflectors and lights)

4-      Look & signal before turning

5-      Turn left by merging into the left turn lane

6-      Beware of door zone

7-      Yield to pedestrians

8-      Don’t swerve around cars.

9-      If the lane is too narrow to share with a car, move into the center of the lane

10-     Ride single file

11-     Pass buses on the left side

12-     Sidewalks are for walking

13-     Pass pedestrians with care

For any questions please refer to the these websites, or call us at the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050).

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