We are members of the New Bedford Bicycle Committee ( You should join…. www.nbbike.org ) and recently we have heard some complaints from folks concerning cyclists observing the rules of the road. Specifically, riding the wrong way on “one way” streets. This is dangerous because drivers, pedestrians, and even other cyclists crossing or turning onto these streets tend to only check where traffic should be coming from.
Remember, “[cyclists] must obey all traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth.” This also means no texting while riding.
These laws are in place for your protection, as well as those around you. Please practice safe cycling.
FROM THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN CYCLISTS’ RULEBOOK…
The League’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.
FOLLOW THE LAW
Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
Please click on the link below to learn about bikes and bike law in the Commonwealth of Mass.