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					                                                                                                                                                                        you need for safety. You have the same right

Go by Bike!                                                                                                                                                             to the road as everyone else!

                                                                                                                                                                        Parking
* For Convenience                                                                                                                                                       Where should you store your bike and
                                                                                                                                                                        equipment while you are at work, school, or the
Bicycles can take you door-to-door or to a train                                                                                                                        store? There are many good options. Ask if
                                                                                                                  bands on baggy pants, and remember: layers,
or bus. No circling for a parking space. No            Getting Started                                            layers, layers!
                                                                                                                                                                        there is a place to park inside and lock your
traffic jams. In urban areas, a bicyclist will         Before you just jump on the bike that’s been                                                                     bike to something solid. Many parking garages
                                                                                                                • wet/cold weather gear like a raincoat, gloves, a
usually beat a motorist, bus, or subway                sitting in your basement for years, here are some                                                                have bike racks inside; ask the attendant if you
                                                                                                                  balaclava or scarf, and fenders for your wheels
commuter into work. Shopping by bike is also           suggestions that will make your commute better.                                                                  don’t see one.
                                                                                                                • a small tool kit with the basic wrenches for your
fun and easy.                                          For even more info, check out                                                                                         To lock the bike, put a U-lock through the
                                                                                                                  bike’s type of bolts, patch kit, tire levers, and a
                                                       www.MassBike.org, or contact us and we will pair                                                                 front wheel, the frame, and the rack or bike
                                                                                                                  tire pump
* For Your Health                                      you up with one of our “commuter buddies” who
                                                       can help you plan routes and can show you all
                                                                                                                • a change of clothes and a washcloth if you
                                                                                                                                                                        ring. Use a cable lock to secure the back
                                                                                                                                                                        wheel if you like. If you want to be extra-
                                                                                                                  need to look professional at your workplace
When you commute by bicycle, you don’t have            the secrets.                                                                                                     cautious, consider using a small saddle lock
                                                                                                                  (you may even be able to shower at work if you
to make time for exercise — it becomes a                                                                                                                                to keep your seat safe and take all removable
                                                                                                                  get particularly sweaty)
normal part of your daily routine. Bicycling           The Bike                                                                                                         lights off, if possible.
lowers your blood pressure, and leaves you             A “commuter”, “city”, or “hybrid” bike is designed
with much less stress than driving a car. As a
                                                                                                                Optional Equipment:                                     Have Fun!
                                                       for shorter trips on busy streets, and inclement         • biking gloves to protect your hands in case of a
bonus, you’ll probably be much more awake              weather. These bikes have lights, 1.25 to 1.5                                                                    People who begin biking to work or to the
when you arrive at work in the morning.                                                                           fall, and to wipe the sweat from your brow from
                                                       inch tires, straight or upright handlebars, and                                                                  local store love it. They get lots of exercise
                                                                                                                  all that great exercise!
                                                       racks to carry bags or briefcases. However, any                                                                  and live in a world without the usual traffic
                                                                                                                • an extra tire tube — changing a tire is faster
* To Save Money                                        bike can be used as a commuter bike. So, what
                                                       about that old bike in the basement? Sure! But,
                                                                                                                  than patching a flat
                                                                                                                                                                        troubles. So, as a new bike commuter on the
                                                                                                                                                                        road, have fun out there.
                                                                                                                • a trailer for kids or things to take along
By going car-free or car-light you can save on         look it over first to make sure it’s in working order.                                                               If you do encounter some bad driving,
                                                                                                                • a bell
fuel, maintenance, parking fees, and traffic           If not, bring it into your local bike shop and ask                                                               don’t worry about it. Just be friendly and enjoy
                                                                                                                • lip balm with sun protection!
tickets. If you can eliminate your car entirely,       them to suggest modifications or new equipment.                                                                  the fact that you are not stuck in a car.
you’ll save an average of $5000 a year in                   As much as your friends may tell you                                                                            And finally......
payments, insurance, and maintenance costs!            otherwise, having an old-looking commuter bike
                                                                                                                How to Get From
With those savings, you can afford to                  is not so bad. Theft can be a problem with very          Point “A” to Point “B”
occasionally rent a car, take a taxi, or join a car-   new bikes. Creative paint jobs, stickers, duct           Before you even get out there into traffic, make         BECOME A MASSBIKE
sharing club like Zipcar. Bicycling can even save      tape, and other artistic applications can help
you money even if you usually take public              make your bike less attractive to thieves. Also,
                                                                                                                sure you are familliar with the rules of the road.           MEMBER!
                                                                                                                Most bicyclists never get taught even the basics of
transportation. Twelve months of subway                make sure to register your bike with your city’s or      bike safety, so be sure to check out the tips on the            w w w. m a s s b i k e . o r g
passes can cost over $400, more than enough            town’s police department for free, and keep a            other side of this brochure, so you can ride like a
to pay for a new commuter bike every year.             copy of your bike’s registration number in your          pro.                                                     * Help make bicycling better, safer and more
                                                       wallet.                                                       Once you have become comfortable riding                         fun in Massachusetts!
* For the Environment                                  Essential Equipment
                                                                                                                your vehicle onto busy streets, you can take the
                                                                                                                most direct route to work or school. If you aren’t
                                                                                                                                                                        * Get 10 percent discounts at bike stores and
Bicycles don’t pollute, keep tons of waste out of                                                                                                                                    B&Bs across the state
                                                       You should have at least:                                yet comfortable with lots of other traffic, give         * Receive our acclaimed quarterly newsletter
the landfills, and don’t require huge roadways         • a front white light, and a rear red light              yourself some extra time, and locate a route with
or parking lots. Cycling is also the world’s most                                                                                                                       and keep track of the bike paths being built in
                                                       • racks and/or panniers to carry stuff                   residential and/or wide, quiet streets. (A bike                             your area
efficient form of transportation! The average          • a good, solid lock — or two                            map can be very helpful for planning a route, if
car motor uses around 50 to 80 times more                                                                                                                                * Be able to receive individualized help from
                                                       • a helmet that fits correctly                           there is one available for your area.) Either way,             our staff on your biking questions
energy than a cyclist!                                 • wear comfortable clothes — use reflective ankle        make sure to always take up as much space as
Bicycles are Vehicles and
Belong on the Road
                                                       LEFT TURN       RIGHT TURN         Look and
                                                                                          signal before
                                                                                          turning
                                                                                                                                      Take the lane when
                                                                                                                                      necessary
                                                                                                                                      If a lane is too narrow for   Go   by
                                                                                                                                                                     Bike!
                                                                                          Always look                                 sharing with a car, move
Bicyclists have the same rights and
                                                                            or            behind you to                               into the center of the
responsibilities as operators of motor vehicles,
                                                                                          see if it is clear                          lane. Motorists may act
according to Massachusetts State law. This
                                                                                          before turning or                           impatient, but they aren’t
means that you are required to follow all traffic
                                                                                          changing lanes.                             likely to pass unsafely.
rules, and you are allowed to drive your bicycle
on any road or highway in the state, except for
limited access expressways (like I-93).
                                                                                                                    Ride single file
Following the same rules as other vehicles                          Left turns                                     Unless passing, ride
makes you predictable, and significantly                Turn left as a vehicle by                                single file. Notify other
reduces the likelihood of a crash. Obeying the         merging into the left turn                                  cyclists of overtaking
law also sends the message that you belong in          lane or left side of single                                  cars by announcing
traffic and that you respect other road users.          lane. Or, stop, dismount                                              “Car back”.
                                                        the bike, and cross as a
Give respect — Get Respect                            pedestrian in crosswalks.

                        Traffic signals are                                                                                        Pass busses on left
                        for bicyclists too                                                                                         Busses pull to the right to
                                                                              Beware of the door
                        Obey all traffic signs and                                                                                 drop off passengers, so
                                                                              zone!                                                always pass on the left, or
                        signals. Stop behind the
                                                                              Ride at least 4 feet away                            wait behind the bus until it
                        stop line, so pedestrians
                                                                              from parked cars, even if                            starts moving again.
                        can cross safely in the
                                                                              there is a bike lane, or
                        crosswalk.
                                                                              traffic trying to pass you.

              Avoid the
             right hook
                                                                                                                      Sidewalks are                                  A guide to
                                                        Yield to pedestrians                                             for walking
         Avoid passing any
     moving vehicle on the
                                                        Stop for all pedestrians in
                                                          crosswalks. Do not pass
                                                                                                               Bike riding on sidewalks
                                                                                                               is prohibited in business
                                                                                                                                                                    commuting
 right. If there is a bicycle
    lane on the right, pass
    other traffic slowly and
                                                         other vehicles stopped at
                                                      crosswalks—there might be
                                                       a pedestrian you can’t see
                                                                                                                    districts. Residential
                                                                                                               sidewalks are OK to ride
                                                                                                                      on at a slow pace.
                                                                                                                                                                    on a bicycle
   carefully, and watch for                           coming from the other side.
     right turning vehicles.

                                                                                                                                      Pass pedestrians
                        Don’t be invisible!                                   Don’t swerve
                                                                                                                                      with care
                        Bikes are, by law,                                    Ride in a straight,
                                                                                                                                      When on a path or
                        required to have a front                              predictible line. Car
                                                                                                                                      sidewalk, pass other
                        white light, a rear red                               drivers may not be able
                                                                                                                                      users with care, and
                        reflector or light, side                              to avoid hitting you if
                                                                                                                                      announce your presence
                        reflectors, and pedal (or                             you suddenly move into
                                                                                                                                      with a bell or a friendly
                        ankle) reflectors at night.                           their path.
                                                                                                                                      “Passing on your left”.

				
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