It’s the Law!

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Not many of you need to know the exact requirements or plan to read the complete text of the Massachusetts laws pertaining to bicycles. You should however be generally familiar with your rights and your responsibilities. There is a concise summary located at http://massbike.org/bikelaw/ that is worth reviewing, and remembering when you are out riding.

Perhaps the most misunderstood and least followed requirement is that you must ride single file unless passing. Be forewarned that some towns are now enforcing this requirement. You must also obey all traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth, which includes traffic lights and stop signs. You don’t get a free pass because you lack an engine. Now that winter is here, remember that you must have your headlight and taillight on if you are riding anytime from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Remember—safety is about choices. What choices will you make?

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