We Are Committed to Bicycling Safety in Massachusetts
Attorney David White Receives 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes. Photo credit: Livable Streets/www.livablestreets.info.
Attorney Marc Breakstone and Breakstone, White & Gluck Make Helmet Donation to CYCLE Kids and Somerville Schools in 2014.
Breakstone, White & Gluck's Project KidSafe has donated over 3,000 bike helmets to children since 2013.
Attorney David White at a Boston Bikes' Roll It Forward Kick-Off Event in South Boston, April 2014.
Bicycle use in Boston and surrounding communities has risen quickly in recent years. More people than ever are using bicycles for commuting as well as recreation. The cities have responded with more bicycle lanes and other pavement markings to make riding safer. But accidents do, of course, still happen.
This page will point you to our many resources designed to help you stay safe, avoid accidents and understand the law. Use these tools, and please do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation if you have any problems or concerns.
Photo: Attorney David White with children at the Morse School in Cambridge in 2013. Breakstone, White & Gluck donated 300 helmets to CYCLE Kids and the Cambridge public school system that year. Among the group shown: Carolyn Bailey, a member of the Board of Directors for CYCLE Kids and Chris Aufiero, athletic director of Cambridge public schools.
We have been active supporters of bicycle clubs and other programs for twenty years. Below is a list of cycling organizations which Breakstone, White & Gluck proudly supports through advertising, event sponsorship and donations of bicycle helmets to youth.
- Boston Bikes, Roll It Forward
- CYCLE Kids
- Somerville Public Schools
- Cambridge Public Schools
- Bikes Not Bombs
- Northeast Bicycle Club
- Charles River Wheelmen
- New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)
- Dedham Bike Rodeo
- Somerville Kiwanis Club
- Boston Cyclists Union
- Arlington iCan Shine Bike Camp
- Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
- East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition
- Arlington Public Schools
- Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Worcester Earn-a-Bike
- Friends of Lexington Bikeways
- Westborough Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
In Massachusetts, bicycles may operate on all roads (except limited access highways or where otherwise posted) and must follow the same rules as motor vehicles, with some exceptions. Read our checklist of rights and responsibilities for bicyclists and motorists.
Did you know that as a cyclist, you can protect yourself against financial loss caused by a bicycle accident? Many drivers are underinsured, and some are even uninsured. If you are hit and injured by them, you would not have access to full compensation. The good news is you can purchase extra coverage yourself through your own car insurance policy. This would protect you if you were injured on your bike. Coverage is usually not expensive so it is worth considering.
Cyclists who are 16 years of age or younger must wear helmets while riding bicycles, under M.G.L. c. 85, § 11B. The helmet must be secured to the cyclist's head with straps and meet standards established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To learn more, please watch this video and visit this resource.
Other Bike Safety Resources
- New Balance Hubway
- Boston Bikes
- Boston Bikes' Bike Resources Page
- Bay State Bike Week
- MassBike Guide for New Riders
- Shifting Gears: Bicycles and Public Safety
How Can We Help You?
If you have been injured, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-379-1244. The consultation is always free.