We Are Committed to Bicycling Safety in Massachusetts

We Are Committed to Bicycling Safety in Massachusetts

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.

Cycling Community Outreach and Support

We are dedicated to promoting safety and reducing injuries in children. We have donated over 3,000 bicycle helmets to children in the Boston area since 2013, through our Project KidSafe. Read our press release to learn more about this program and read about our community events.

Cycling Community Outreach and Support

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.

Bike Safety Videos and Articles

Massachusetts Bicyclists' Rights and Responsibilities

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.

What Every Massachusetts Bicyclist Needs to Know About Car Insurance

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.

Bike Helmets

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

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.