RULES OF THE ROAD
Riding your bike in traffic
When riding your bike on public roads, you are driving a vehicle – and you have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Ride your bike as you would drive your car in traffic, and follow all traffic laws. Here are some links that provide resource info on safe and legal bicycling.
Same roads, same rules
Support better bicycling in Massachusetts (MassBike).
For some pointers on riding your bike more safely and comfortably in traffic:
- Take a Bicycling Skills class (MassBike).
- Learn how you can ride better (League of American Bicyclists).
- Obey traffic laws for bicycling (Massachusetts General Laws).
- Ride safely on city streets (Boston Bikes, local bike laws).
For new riders view "Smart Cycling" videos for tips and instruction (League of American Bicyclists).
Electric bike laws
- Massachusetts E-Bike Laws (PDF): Summary document for current electric-bike laws in Massachusetts for road and trail use, produced by PeopleForBikes.
Guidelines for group rides
Follow these basic guidelines when leading or participating in group rides:
- Arrive early, introduce new riders, and start on time.
- Review the route before starting the ride.
- Always wear a helmet when riding.
- Pass other riders only on the left, and announce your pass to other riders.
- Stay hydrated: bring water and/or sports drink.
- Bring some money for snacks and emergencies.
- Carry a spare tube, tire levers, pump, and multi-tool.
- Ride friendly, and be aware of traffic conditions.
- Obey traffic laws. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists when using public roadways.
Click this link for Massachusetts laws on bicycling.
- Ride single file unless not obstructing traffic (never more than double file).
- Never leave anyone alone on the route. Include new members even if you have to slow your pace to help.
- Make sure everyone completes the ride safely.
- Promote a culture of safe cycling and have fun!
Recommended reading: For more info on safe and legal cycling, download the Group Riding Manual produced by the League of American Bicyclists (PDF, 8 pages).
Racing info + regulations
- USA Cycling: road, mountain, track, cyclocross, and BMX racing info.
- USA Triathlon: competitive triathlon rules.