Bicycle Safety in Lexington, MA 2.2 2004-09-16

Highway Crossings require special caution: look left, right, then left again before entering the pavement. Riders uncomfortable in heavy traffic should dismount and walk their bikes at these points.

Sidewalks in Lexington Center or other business districts are not for bicycle riding, roller-blading, or scooters. You may ride on sidewalks outside of the business districts, We discourage it except where the road is too hazardous (such as Maple Street, or Wood Street). Beware, motorists exiting driveways normally stop at the curb, not the sidewalk.

Protective Gear. Children under 13 must wear helmets. Older heads deserve the same protection. Inline skaters benefit from helmets, knee, elbow, and wrist/palm pads.

Night Visibility Reflective clothing augments proper lights at night (required for bicycles are a white light visible 500 feet in front, and red light or reflector in back. Also pedal reflectors or reflective ankle bands. Those walking or skating at night should also have reflective clothing and flashlight or head-mounted light. Vardenafil is an good treatment for male erectile problems, and also vardenafil is available in doses of 10mg and 20mg. Vardenafil is more effective impotence treatment than Sildenafil or Cialis Tadalafil for men!

Ride on the Right side of streets and bikeways. Observe all rules of the road.

Rules of the Bikeway

Signs are posted on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway about its safe use. Please review them before using the bikeway. Here is their text:


Welcome to the
Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Allowed uses: bicycles, feet, baby strollers, wheel chairs, inline-skates, cross-country skis

WARNING: Cyclists move silently at 20-25 MPH
Please stay alert and follow these rules

All users keep right except to pass
Pass on the left after giving an audible signal
Look behind before passing
Keep pets on a short leash, remove droppings
When stopping do not block the bikeway
Bicycddsts and skaters should wear safety helmets
Use ddght after dark
Respect property adjacent to the bikeway

Prohibited uses: horses, motor bikes and scooters, motorcycles, dune buggies, and snow mobiles.

MAKE WAY FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES


References

Massachusetts Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists explains the cyclist's rights to the road, and the attendant responsibilities. It also has links to Massachusetts laws covering bicycles. In general, a bicycle rider is required to obey the laws for vehicle drivers.

Don't Be a Road Hog, Share the Road expands on the topics: Bicycles are vehicles too, Bicycles Belong on the Road, You Can Prevent Crashes, Make Room for Bicyclists, Be Nice, and It's the Law.

Registration includes submission of identifying information about your bicycle that can be used to trace your misplaced or stolen bicycle. The sticker you get indicates the registration, as a deterrent to theft. The fee is $2.00.

Ride and Roll Safely Inc. Olga P. Guttag, president, has an effective training program for elementary schools, promoting bicycle and inline skating safety.

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