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1. “Look Mom, no hands!” Riding a bike without holding the handlebars is allowed as long as you’re going straight. False. You must keep one hand on your handlebars at all times.
2. At night, a bicyclist must wear ankle reflectors if there are no reflectors on the pedals. True..
3. Bicyclists in Massachusetts have the right of way over pedestrians in an intersection False. You must give pedestrians the right of way.
4. Bicyclists in Massachusetts must stop at all stop signs and red lights regardless of whether any traffic is approaching True. Bicyclists must obey all traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth
5. If biking at night your bicycle must have a white taillight False. At night, your taillight must be red and must be visible from a distance of at least 600 feet.
6. If you’re 16 or under, the law requires you to wear a bike helmet True. If you are 16 years old or younger, you must wear a helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements on any bike, anywhere, at all times.
7. In Massachusetts, bicyclists have the legal right to ride on any public road or street. (except where signs specifically prohibiting bikes have been posted). True, except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bikes have been posted.
8. In Massachusetts, it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk of a downtown business district. False. You may ride on sidewalks outside business districts, unless local laws prohibit sidewalk riding.
9. It’s okay to whistle on your bike to warn pedestrians. False. You must give pedestrians an audible signal before overtaking or passing them, but you may not use a siren or whistle.
10. Motorists and their passengers are not required by law to check for passing bicyclists before opening their door. False. Motorists and their passengers must check for passing bicyclists before opening their door.
11. Motorists can be ticketed and fined up to $100 for opening car or truck doors into the path of any other traffic, including bicycles and pedestrians. True.
12. Motorists must stay a safe distance to the left of a bicyclist (or any other vehicle) when passing. Motorists are also prohibited from returning to the right until safety clear of the bicyclist. True.
13. Motorists must yield to oncoming bicyclists when making left turns. True.
14. When turning on a bike you don’t have to signal in advance. False. You must use hand signals to let people know you plan to stop or turn. You may use either hand to signal stops and turns.

For more information see General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chapter 85, Section 11B.
Adapted from www.massbike.org

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