You have Heard of Safe Sex? Well, Safe Cycling is just as Important.

With the kickoff of training season it is time to remind everyone about safe cycling. Safety is a paramount value on Harbor to the Bay. Your behavior will affect not only your safety, but the safety of those around you and the perceptions of the communities we ride through. We want each and every one of you to make it safely to Provincetown!  The success of Harbor to the Bay depends on each and every one of us behaving responsibly and taking care of ourselves and one another.

  • Bicycles are vehicles under the Massachusetts Vehicle Code and you are subject to all the rules and regulations of that code. Obey all traffic laws, traffic signals and signs. Ride as far to the right as is safely possible.  Ride defensively, predictably and stay alert.  Always assume car drivers cannot see you.
  • Yield to Pedestrians that are in Crosswalks. They have the right of way.
  • Stop at all stop signs and stop lights without exception.  That means unclipping one foot and putting it down on the ground.
  • Wear your helmet at all times when on your bicycle.
  • Ride single file and try to leave at least one bike length between you and the rider in front of you.  No drafting.  No pacelines.
  • Communicate your intentions.  Use verbal alerts to point out potential vehicle hazards. Use hand signals to indicate right turn, left turn, stopping or slowing.  Alert others to potential hazards by pointing and/or calling out in a loud, outside voice.
  • Look behind you before passing to make sure it is clear.  Pass only when it is safe to do so and pass only on the left.  When passing, call out loudly, “On your left!”
  • Never wear headphones or ear buds while on your bike.  The use of cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, radios, walkie talkies, handheld cameras or video cameras, or any other electronic device is prohibited while riding.
  • Control your bicycle: Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
  • Eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty.
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