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
Pedestrian Safety Equipment: Keeping You Safer
- Light colored clothing
- A neon, reflector vest
- A flashlight
If you have any of these safety equipment items, please pack them to use on Cape Cod. Please also bring a bicycle lock with you. We began the road safety program in 2017 to get bicycle light sets and neon vests to you at no cost. However, at this time, we are unable to supply every J-1 student with these items.
When you are on Cape Cod, please lock your bike every time. Student bicycles have been reported stolen in the day as well as the night.
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 refl
ector 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 that bicycle and pedestrian safety equipement can save your life! We also partner with some of the larger employers of J-1 students to offer road safety training at the employer’s job orientation. You can also receive bicycle lights for free at a Hello Summer J-1 welcome dinner. Some police departments on Cape Cod give them to J-1 students at no cost to you!
Thank-you to our local police departments, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, MassRides, MassBike, community members, and other organizations who care about road safety on Cape Cod and keeping J-1 students safe.
Please take the time to watch this important video on bicycle safety produced on Cape Cod by your U.S. sponsors, community members, and the Cape Cod Community Media Center.
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.
For a complete list of bicycle laws, please visit:
Lower Cape J-1 Late Night Buses
At night, many of our roads are not well lit. With the exception of the Provincetown summer bus, the CCRTA public buses do not run late at night. For the past three summers, some of your U.S. sponsors and employers partnered with a local bus company to provide two late night bus routes in the towns of South Dennis, Dennis Port, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans. These buses were free for J-1 students and ran 7 days per week between the hours of 10 PM and 1 AM. Students were able to bring their bikes on the bus. We are working to have this service continue in 2019.