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 15,000 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, Cambridge and other communities has risen dramatically in recent years. Cyclists are commuting to work and also riding for recreation. In response, cities have added paved markings, bike lanes and now even cycle tracks and protected bike lanes. But bicycle 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 and pay attention in your local community. Local bicycle committees, police departments and planning departments are all good resources for safety information for cyclists.
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 who have been injured in Massachusetts. Call 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.
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
- Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
- iCan Shine Bike Camp - Arlington
- iCan Shine Bike Camp - Cambridge
- Massachusetts Safe Routes to School
- Mattapan on Wheels
- 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.
As a cyclist, you can purchase extra coverage through your auto insurance to compensate you should you ever be injured on your bike. Many drivers are underinsured or uninsured. If one of these drivers hits you on your bike, you will need to draw from your own auto insurance policy to pay for your medical expenses and other costs.
Many bicycle accidents happen after a car has parked, in the moment when a driver opens their door. When drivers neglect to look, they can hit an on-coming cyclist and cause very serious injuries, including broken bones and dental fractures. Dooring accidents are preventable if drivers take the right precautions. Read our blog.
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