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Bicycle Safety Tips

Rule 1: Always wear a helmet. Massachusetts law requires that children under 13 years of age that operate or ride a bicycle as a passenger MUST wear a proper fitted helmet. Approved helmets have a Snell Memorial Foundation ASTM or an ANSI certificate sticker on the helmet. You should check with your local bicycle shop to see if your helmet is approved.

Rule 2: Always wear proper clothing. See and be seen. Clothing should be light in color and be close fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycles moving parts. Always wear proper footwear.

Rule 3: Always go with the flow of traffic. You must obey the rules of the road. These include traffic signs, signals and road markings. Always ride single file. Never weave from lane to lane or tailgate to hitch rides on moving cars or trucks.

Rule 4: Look Both Ways. Seven out of ten car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or intersections. Before you enter a street or intersection check for traffic. Remember always look left-right-left. Always walk your bike across busy streets and crosswalks.

Rule 5: Stay Alert. Keep a lookout for obstacles such as potholes, loose gravel, broken glass, railroad tracks and street drains. Always plan your next move and signal your intentions.

Rule 6: Be extra careful when riding at night. Always wear reflective clothing or material especially on your ankles, wrists, and back. Make sure your bike has front and rear reflectors and a headlight if possible. Ride in areas that are well lighted and that are familiar to you.

Rule 7: Make sure your bike is adjusted properly. Make sure your bike fits you properly. Are your brakes working properly? Are your handlebars tight? Are your wheels tight and have proper air. Always check your wheels before every ride.

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR BIKE.
RECORD YOUR BICYCLE'S SERIAL NUMBER AND TAKE A PICTURE OF IT. REGISTER YOUR BIKE WITH YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.