For those who live and work in and around Boston, you will know that bicycles are a familiar sight. With so many bicyclists in this area, it is important for everybody to understand what rights bicycle riders have on the roadway. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our Boston bicycle accident lawyers want to discuss the laws in our areas that affect both bicyclists and those who drive around them. We are dedicated to helping injured bicyclists secure compensation if they are harmed due to the negligence of other drivers.
Boston Bike Laws – Bicyclists Have Rights
Bicyclists generally have the right to be on the roadway, just like any other vehicle. Boston laws state that bicyclists must follow all traffic laws and regulations, including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights. Bicyclists are required to ride in the same direction as traffic unless signs indicate otherwise.
Massachusetts law says that bicyclists are allowed to ride on sidewalks when necessary in the interest of safety except where they are prohibited from doing so, as indicated by signs and markings. Bicyclists are allowed to pass cars on the right, and they are allowed to ride side-by-side with other bicyclists so long as they stay in a single lane.
What About Night-Time Riding?
Bicyclists are allowed to ride in the evening and at night time so long as they have:
- A white light on the front of the bike visible at a distance of at least 500 feet.
- A red light or reflector on the back of the bike.
- Reflectors (on either pedals or ankles) that are visible from the front and back of the bicycle.
- Reflectors (on either the bike or on the rider’s clothing) are visible from the left and right sides of the bike.
All reflectors must be visible from a distance of at least 600 feet when directly in front of low beams of vehicle headlights.
Is There A Helmet Requirement For Bicyclists?
Anyone that is 16 years of age or younger must wear a helmet when they are riding on a bicycle. Anybody over the age of 16 is not required to wear a helmet on Boston roadways when riding a bicycle. However, it is recommended that every bicyclist wear a properly fitting and US DOT-approved helmet to reduce the risk of severe head and brain injuries in the event an accident occurs.
Let Us Help You With Your Case
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the actions of a negligent driver, contact Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. today. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Coverage of all bike crash medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party