We Are Committed to Bicycling Safety in Massachusetts
Breakstone, White & Gluck is committed to supporting bicycle safety in Massachusetts. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, we have proudly donated over 10,000 bicycle helmets to children since 2013. On this page, you will find information about our safety campaign, our partners and safety resources we hope will help you and your family.
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 by adding 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
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.
Our partners in 2016 and past years for bike helmet donations:
- Boston Bikes, Roll It Forward
- CYCLE Kids
- Bikes Not Bombs
- Boston Cyclists Union
- Arlington iCan Shine Camp
- Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Ashland Farmers Market
- Bicyclecentro of East Boston
- Bike Milton
- Commonwheels Bicycle Collective
- Dedham Bike Rodeo
- East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition
- Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition
- Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Friends of Lexington Bikeways
- Groundwork Somerville
- Haynes Early Education Center in Roxbury
- Massachusetts Safe Routes to School
- Northbridge Public Schools
- Somerville Kiwanis Club
- Somerville Public Schools
- The Home for Little Wanderers
- Tierney Learning Center of South Boston
- Up Academy Dorchester
- Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
- Westborough Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee
- Windsor Street Care Center of Cambridge
- Worcester Earn-a-Bike
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
- 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.