BICYCLES Rules of the Road

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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.
LIGHTS
Must have a white light in front, red light or reflector on the rear, side reflectors on the bike or rider.
HELMETS
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.
SEATS
Must have a seat for the rider and passenger. No riding a passenger without a seat.
SIDEWALKS
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
Packages may only be carried in a basket, rack or trailer designed for such purpose.
NO-HANDS OPERATION
At least one hand is required on handlebar.
HAND SIGNALS REQUIRED
Hand signal must be given when turning. Either hand is okay.
NO TOWING
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.

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