A big shout out and thanks to the Department of Public Works for removing the stinky dumpster at the Cotuit Town Dock and replacing it with the new solar powered Big Belly Compacting Trash Barrel!
Rob Miceli, a Cotuit resident and Chair of the MassBike Coalition will teach Bicycle Education at Freedom Hall – July 23rd at 3:00 pm. The first twenty 10 to 14 year old kids to sign up for the one hour course must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent and should bring bicycle, bicycle helmet, and sneakers with laces (NO sandals or flip-flops!) to Freedom Hall. Rob will present bicycle safety, etiquette, rules of the road, maintenance of the bike etc. indoors at Freedom Hall followed by a ride on the streets with him. Please call Rich Boden at 508-428-2902 to register.
Massachusetts law allows police officers to stop bicyclists for violations, issue citations and even arrest violators who fail to give their name. Please take a moment to review the below bicycle safety rules of Massachusetts and be extra vigilant as a bicyclist and a motorist as you enjoy your summer in the village of Cotuit as well as across the Cape.
Must have a white light in front, red light or reflector on the rear, side reflectors on the bike or rider.
Any person 16 years of age or younger operating a bicycle or being carried as a passenger on a bicycle on a public way, bicycle path or on any other public right-of-way shall wear a helmet.
Must have a seat for the rider and passenger. No riding a passenger without a seat.
Cannot ride on a sidewalk in a business district.
TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATIONS
Bike must ride on the right side of the road with traffic flow and obey all traffic laws such as stopping at red lights and stop signs and yielding at crosswalks.
Packages may only be carried in a basket, rack or trailer designed for such purpose.
At least one hand is required on handlebar.
HAND SIGNALS REQUIRED
Hand signal must be given when turning. Either hand is okay.
Bikes cannot be towed by a vehicle nor may they tow a person on skates or skateboards.
FAILURE TO GIVE NAME
Must give complete and true name and address to police officer when stopped for a traffic violation.
Violations shall be punished by a fine of not more than $20. The parent or guardian of any person under age 18 shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such person to violate any of the provisions of this section.
Following several Cotuit Civic Association meetings where the concerns of pedestrian safety throughout the village were expressed, the Growth Management Department engaged the services of a transportation and engineering firm. Find their report here: Cotuit Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Monthly Precinct 7 Open Meeting – Wednesday July 8, 3pm, Cotuit Library
Town Council Roads Committee – Monday July 20, 5:30pm, Town Hall
Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday July 21, 5:30pm, Town Hall