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Bicycle Safety

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Biking is an important and growing mode of transportation for the city of Boston. Our residents rely on biking to get to work, school, health centers, and home every day. Furthermore, biking helps promote physical and mental health, reduce stress, and can be a fun activity for communities.

Our program educates communities on bicycle safety, promotes appropriate helmet use, and provides helmet fittings and affordable bike helmets for $5 to Boston residents. We also partner with health centers, public schools and other local organizations to organize bicycle riding and safety events for the public. Massachusetts law requires any person under 17 years old to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, a skateboard, a scooter, or in-line skating.

Bicycle Helmet Program: Every bike ride should start by putting on a helmet. We work to reduce the risk of head injury by providing low-cost helmets to the community in Boston. Organizations can also place orders for discounted helmets for distribution at health fairs and local events. To request discounted helmets, complete and return our Bicycle Helmet Order Form. If you have any questions about our helmet program, please contact us at 617-534-5197.

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Click here for our Bicycle Helmet Request Form

Bicycling Rules of the Road

  • Ride with traffic, not against it. Ride as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street.
  • Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left at intersections.
  • Avoid riding when it’s dark and during rush hour if possible, 
  • Wear reflective material on clothing or bike, and use lights on the bike.
  • Cyclists should be restricted to sidewalks and paths until they reach the age of 10 and can demonstrate they know the rules of the road. Supervision is essential until children develop the necessary traffic skills and judgment.
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