Project KidSafe: Bicycle Helmet Safety in Boston
Breakstone, White & Gluck is committed to supporting bicycle safety in Massachusetts. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, our attorneys have proudly donated over 10,000 bicycle helmets to children since 2013. On this page, you will find information about our safety campaign, our community partners and safety resources for families.
Bicycle ridership 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.
Please wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride, along with a safety vest and other clothing to help you stay visible to drivers. Then, always follow the rules of the road.
We hope you are never injured, but if you are, do not hesitate to call us for a free legal consultation and to learn your rights. Our attorneys have over 100 years combined experience representing cyclists in Massachusetts who have been injured by negligent drivers.
Breakstone, White & Gluck has been an active supporter of bicycle clubs and other programs for over 20 years. Below is a list of cycling organizations which we proudly support through advertising, event sponsorship and donations of bicycle helmets to youth.
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.
Our partners over the years:
- Boston Bikes, Roll It Forward
- CYCLE Kids
- Bikes Not Bombs
- Boston Bike to Work Day Festival
- Boston Cyclists Union
- 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
- iCan Shine Bike Camp - Arlington
- iCan Shine Bike Camp - Cambridge
- Massachusetts Safe Routes to School
- Medford Bikes
- Northbridge Public Schools
- Somerville Kiwanis Club
- Somerville Public Schools
- Shift Bicycle Collective
- 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
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.
Facts About Massachusetts Bicycle Laws
This article is for cyclists just starting on the road. But it also makes a good reference for more experienced cyclists, offering quick answers to questions about cycling laws, safety gear, hand signals and where you are allowed to travel.
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.
Other Bike Safety Resources