Project KidSafe: Our Commitment to Bicycle Safety for Children in Massachusetts
Breakstone, White & Gluck is committed to supporting bicycle safety in Massachusetts. Through our Project KidSafe campaign, our attorneys have proudly donated over 33,000 bicycle helmets to children since 2013. On this page, you will find information about our safety campaign, our community partners and bike safety resources for families.
Our campaign by year: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
More people are cycling than ever before in Boston, Cambridge and across Massachusetts. Cyclists are commuting to work and also riding for recreation. In response, Massachusetts cities have expanded bike safety infrastructure, bike lanes 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. If you have questions, 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 by bicycle accidents in Massachusetts. Call 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.
Cycling Community Outreach and Support
Breakstone, White & Gluck has been an active supporter of Boston bicycle clubs and other programs for over 20 years. For our support and our Project KidSafe campaign, we have been proudly recognized by the American League of Bicyclists as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business. Below is a list of the cycling organizations we proudly support through advertising, event sponsorship and our Project KidSafe bike helmet donations to children.
Breakstone, White & Gluck is committed to expanding access to bicycle helmets. Photos: Our bicycle helmet donations in Somerville public schools, the iCanShine Bike Camp in Arlington and Cambridge Public Schools. We have also supported Boston Bikes' Roll It Forward program, a City of Boston initiative which repaired used bicycles for city residents.
Our partners have included:
- 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
- Canton Farmers Market
- Career Academy Lowell
- Chelsea Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
- Clinton Parks & Recreation
- Commonwheels Bicycle Collective
- Dedham Bike Rodeo
- East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition
- Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition
- Elevate New England
- Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Framingham Earth Day
- 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
- Rozzie Bikes
- Somerville Kiwanis Club
- Somerville Public Schools
- Shift Bicycle Collective
- The Bicycle Connector
- 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
Our police department partners:
We support these bicycling organizations and clubs:
- League of American Bicyclists, Supporting Business and Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Business
- Charles River Wheelers
- New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)
- Boston Cyclists Union
- Northeast Bicycle Club
Bike Safety Videos and Articles
Bike HelmetsCyclists 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.
2021 Project KidSafe Flyer on Bike Safety
A bicycle safety resource for schools and community groups to share.
Gluck Legal Takeaway - Bicycle Safety Articles
Read Attorney Ron Gluck's bike safety articles in the Charles River Wheelers' newsletter.
Massachusetts Bicyclists' Rights and Responsibilities In Massachusetts, cyclists 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 in Boston and Massachusetts.
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.
What Every Massachusetts Bicyclist Needs to Know About Car Insurance Many Massachusetts drivers are uninsured or underinsured. As a cyclist, if you are injured by one of these drivers, you may be left without adequate coverage for your medical bills and financial losses. What can you do? Talk to your auto insurance agent now. You can purchase specific types and amounts of coverages through your own auto insurance policy - or a household policy - to make up the coverage.
Dooring Accidents Many bicycle accidents happen after a car has parked, when a driver opens their door and neglects to look. Dooring is against the law in Massachusetts and drivers can be cited by police and held liable for a cyclist's injuries. Our attorneys are experienced in investigating dooring accidents and acting quickly to seek compensation for cyclists.
Other Bike Safety Resources
- Blue Bikes Share Program
- Boston Bikes' Safety Resources
- Bay State Bike Week
- U.S. DOT Volpe Center - Truck Side Guards
- Cambridge Bicycle Committee
- Somerville Bicycle Committee