Earn free gear.*
Boston loves cyclists, so we want to make sure you’re prepared for everything. Be aware of common urban hazards and how to avoid them. Know the rules of the road and proper cycling etiquette, too. Ride smart. Ride safe. And most of all, enjoy yourself.
Beware of doors. You are allowed full use of the road, so ride at least 3 feet from parked cars, even in traffic.
Follow the rules of the road. Yield to pedestrians. Ride in the direction of traffic. Stay off sidewalks in business districts. Stop for all red lights and stop signs.
Avoid large vehicle blind spots. Trucks, buses, and over-sized vehicles have large blind spots, particularly on the right. Avoid overtaking large vehicles. Stay visible to the drivers — if you can’t see the driver in the mirror, the driver can’t see you.
Use helmets and lights. Wear your helmet. Use lights, reflectors, and bright clothing to see and be seen. Lights are required by law! Helmets are required by your mom.
And this one, made by Boston University.
You can order a helmet online for $18.61, which includes shipping. You can also purchase a helmet for less than $10 at the following retailers. Don’t worry about the price: It protects your head to the exact same standards as more expensive helmets.
Free helmets are available to qualified low-income Boston residents. Call or e-mail Najah Shakir, 617.918.4343, firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited to the first 250 helmets.
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Have you studied up on urban cycling? Do you know when and where you need to stop and how many lights you should have on your bike at night? Are you prepared to navigate blind spots? Prove your knowledge. Test your Bike-Q. Earn free gear.*
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- Send us a question, comment, concern, or kind note — email@example.com
Find more resources.
- Local Shops
- Bike Organizations
- Bike Laws
- Bicycle Benefits, a chance to get discounts with a sticker on your helmet!
- Greenovate Boston, a collective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city.
Boston Bikes would like to thank the following supporters for their help with making this campaign a success:
Allston-Brighton Bikes — Berklee College of Music — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Bike Safe Boston — Bikes Not Bombs — Boston Bike Party - Boston Bikes Advisory Group - Boston College - Boston Cyclists Union — Boston Public Health Commission - Boston University — Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Dana Farber Cancer Institute — Dot Bike - Emmanuel College - Emerson College - Harvard University - Hubway — JP Bikes — LivableStreets Alliance — MASCO — Massachusttes College of Art and Design - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MassBike — Mission Hill Bikes — Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. — Northeastern Univeristy — Rozzie Bikes — Southie Bikes — Suffolk University — Wentworth Institute of Technology
*You must be a resident of Massachusetts to earn free gear. Limited to the first 250 respondents. Gift packs may include some of the following items: Hubway day pass, front and rear bike lights, bike map, Larabar, low cost helmet info, water bottle and more.