Bicycle Safety Equipment: Required by Law
- A bright, white headlight*
- A red, strobe, rear light*
- Pedal or ankle reflectors.
- Violators can be charged up to a $20 fine.
- * Front and rear lights must be on after sunset until 1/2 hour after sunrise.
Bicycle Safety Equipment: Keeping You Safer
- A helmet
- A neon, reflector vest
The Importance of Safety Equipment
Yelnur, the young man in the top left photo, was a former J-1 student from Kazakhstan. At a Hello Summer J-1 welcome dinner, he was given a helmet, a reflector vest, and reflector lights for his bicycle. He was going to put the lights on his bicycle, but he worked two jobs. Someday, he would do it. One night, he left for his second job, forgetting his reflector vest and helmet. On his way home from work, he was hit by a car. The ambulance came and took him to the hospital. He passed away early the next morning.
It is important that you understand a front white head light, flashing rear reflector lights, a helmet, and reflector vests can save your life! You can also receive flashing rear reflector lights for free at a Hello Summer J-1 welcome dinner. If you work at Ocean Edge, the Wequassett Resort, the Orleans Stop and Shop, and Chatham Bars Inn, please make sure you attend the bike training during your orientation. At these orientations, J-1 participants will receive a bicycle light set. if you do not see your employer listed above, please check with your U.S. sponsor to see if a bike training session will take place near you. Some police departments on Cape Cod give them to J-1 students at no cost to you! The Brewster Police Department gives helmets to J-1 students for free. Just stop by their station and ask for one. Reflector vests can be purchased for $2 at Dollar Tree. Please use these life saving items!
Please take the time to watch this important video on bicycle safety by the Department of State and your U.S. Sponsors.
Massachusetts Bicycle Laws
- You must ride with traffic.
- You must use hand signals when turning or stopping.
- You must obey all traffic laws.
- Only one person may ride on a bicycle.
- Reflectors and reflector materials must be visible from the back and sides.
- At night, your headlight must show a white light that is visible from 600 feet.
- You must give pedestrians the right of way.
- You may pass cars on the right.
- You must keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- In the event that you get hit or sideswiped by a car, both you and the driver of the car must stop where you are. The police must be called. Then, you and the driver must wait for the police. If the driver of the car is found to have caused the accident, then the driver’s auto insurance will pay for any medical bills you may have as a result of the accident.
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