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 understand the law and to manage problems that may arise after an accident. 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. Breakstone, White & Gluck donated 300 helmets to CYCLE Kids, which provides cycling and nutrition education to 4th graders in the Cambridge public school system. He is with Carolyn Bailey, a member of the Board of Directors for CYCLE Kids and Chris Aufiero, athletic director of Cambridge public schools.
We are dedicated to promoting safety and reducing injuries in children. We donated over 1,000 bicycle helmets to children in the Boston area in 2013 and plan to do the same in 2014 through community programs. Read our press release to learn more about this program and see our Facebook photo album of 2013 events.
Photo: Attorney David White and Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes. David received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award from Boston Bikes. Photo credit: Livable Streets/www.livablestreets.info.
We have been active supporters of bicycle clubs and other programs for twenty years. The following is a list of cycling organizations which Breakstone, White & Gluck proudly supports through advertising, event sponsorship and donations of helmets to youth.
Boston Bikes, Roll It Forward
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
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. We offer a checklist of bicyclists' rights and responsibilities as well as those of motorists.
Cyclists, we have an app for you. We hope that this is one app you will never need to use. But if you are injured in a cycling accident, or just want to be prepared for an emergency, this app is a useful tool. Get started by downloading the app and uploading your health insurance and emergency contact information so it is always accessible when you ride. FREE!
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. You can purchase coverage on your car insurance policy to protect yourself in case of a serious accident. We share what questions you should ask your car insurance agent and make a number of suggestions on coverage you should consider. Print version.
Cyclists who are 16 years of age or younger must wear helmets while riding bicycles, under M.G.L. c.85 Section 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.
More people are cycling than ever before. The city has added over 40 miles of bike lanes and infrastructure in recent years. The New Balance Hubway bike share program, which arrived in 2011 with 600 bikes, now has over 1,000 in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. If you ride, we help you get started with a city bike map, information on bike parking and where to avoid dangerous intersections.
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.