Same Streets, Same Tenets: Bikes, Autos, and the Law.


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Bikes are legitimately vehicles and must take after the Road's Rules ... Bicyclists may ride to one side of engine vehicles, as opposed to in the travel path ...
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Same Roads, Same Rules: Bicycles, Cars, and the Law Moving Together 2009

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Agenda Introduction: Existing Law and 2009 Bicyclist Safety Act Key Laws for Bicyclists Key Laws for Motorists Police & Bicycling Other 2009 Changes Preview: 2009 Safety Survey Results New Safety Campaign

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Key Laws for Bicyclists (1) (from MGL part 85, area 11B) Bicycles are lawfully vehicles and must take after the Rules of the Road Can take the full path when required Allowed on all streets aside from restricted get to or express state expressways where posted Local laws can\'t constrain on-street bike access Subject to the "movement laws and controls of the federation" Bicyclists may ride to one side of engine vehicles, as opposed to in the travel path Bicyclists are not required to ride the distance to the right Bicyclists must ride in the same heading as other activity (MGL section 89, segment 4B)

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Key Laws for Bicyclists (2) (from MGL section 85, segment 11B) Bicyclists may ride on the walkway outside of business areas But this privilege can be restricted or disallowed by neighborhood law Bicyclists must respect people on foot on the walkway (and in crosswalks) And give a discernable sign when passing a walker! Bicyclists can ride two abreast* But should encourage surpassing like any vehicle (MGL part 89, area 2) * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Key Laws for Bicyclists (3) (from MGL part 85, segment 11B) Bicyclists age 16 and more youthful must wear a protective cap endorsed by the CPSC * Adult bicyclists not required to wear caps Bicyclists must utilize a white front lamp and a red back light or reflector around evening time Pedal or lower leg reflectors, and intelligent material unmistakable from the side, are additionally required! Bicyclists must utilize hand signals when ceasing and turning Signal then set both hands back on the handlebars!* Don\'t flag when it is unsafe to grasp a hand off the bars* * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Key Laws for Motorists (1) Bicycles are legitimately vehicles and must take after the Rules of the Road (MGL part 85, area 11B) Can take the full path when required Allowed on all streets with the exception of restricted get to or express state expressways where posted Local statutes can\'t restrain on-street bike access Subject to the "activity laws and controls of the province" Bicyclists may ride to one side of engine vehicles, as opposed to in the travel path (MGL part 85, segment 11B) Bicyclists are not required to ride the distance to the privilege * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Key Laws for Motorists (2) No Dooring: "Dooring" is liable to a ticket and fine up to $100* (MGL part 90, segment 14) Applies to travelers and additionally drivers Protects bicyclists, people on foot, and even different autos Safe Passing: Slow down and pass bike at safe separation and sensible and appropriate pace (MGL part 90, segment 14) Vehicles may overwhelm a bike in the same path just at a safe distance* (MGL part 89, segment 2) If there is insufficient space to pass securely in the same path, the passing vehicle must utilize a neighboring path or sit tight for a sheltered chance to pass * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Key Laws for Motorists (3) No Cutting Off: Vehicles passing another vehicle (counting bicycles) may not come back to one side until securely clear of the slower vehicle* (MGL section 89, segment 2) No Right-Hooks: Motorists may not pass bicyclists then make a sudden right turn* (MGL section 90, segment 14) Turns must be at a protected separation and a sensible and legitimate speed No Left-Crosses: Vehicles must respect bikes when making a left turn (MGL part 90, segment 14) Applies paying little heed to whether the bike is in the travel path or to one side of other traffic* * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Police & Bicycling (1) Training* (MGL section 6, segment 116E) Mandatory for newcomers Optional for in-administration students Covers the accompanying: (1) the rights and obligations of bicyclists, (2) examples and wellsprings of wounds to bicyclists, both those including and not including engine vehicles, and the rate of accidents including cyclists riding against movement, riding around evening time, and riding on walkways, (3) the most perilous activities by bicyclists, and strategies for refering to bicyclists, including minors, (4) regular driver activities bringing on bike crashes, (5) reporting bicyclist accidents, and (6) drivers deliberately jeopardizing bicyclists. * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Police & Bicycling (2) New Enforcement Procedure for Bicyclist Offenses* (MGL part 85, segment 11C) Replaces awkward town-by-town system with same statewide technique and references utilized for engine vehicle infringement Implementation deferred until 2011 Does not influence authorization of any laws against drivers * New in 2009 Bicyclist Safety Law

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Other 2009 Changes Bicycle enrollment law canceled (MGL part 85, area 11A) Bicycle rental organizations must make protective caps accessible (MGL part 85, segment 11D)

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2009 Safety Survey – Representative Results

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Need More Info? www.SameRoadsSameRules.org www.massbike.org David Watson Executive Director Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition 171 Milk Street, Suite 33 Boston, MA 02109 617-542-2453 david@massbike.org

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