Rules of the Road
The Committee, in conjunction with Mass Bike and Safe Routes to School, offers the following rules of the road reminders for bicyclists:
- Always stop before entering the road and look both ways
- Ride on the right, in the same direction as cars
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and laws
- Stop at all red lights and stop signs
- Look back and signal before turning
- Stop for people walking
- If you ride at night you need a white front light and a red rear light
When it comes to your bike helmet, remember EYES EARS MOUTH. First adjust your helmet so it is level and snug.
EYES: You should see the edge of your helmet when you look up.
EARS: The straps should meet right under your ears to form a Y.
MOUTH: The strap should be snug enough that if you open your mouth you feel the helmet pull down.
Need a helmet? During regular City Hall business hours, the Melrose Health Department (located in the Lower Level City Hall, 562 Main Street) sells bike helmets for all (sizes toddler to XL) for $10.00.
What clothes to wear
BRIGHT AND TIGHT
BRIGHT: Wear bright clothing so that others can see you.
TIGHT: Tuck away shoelaces and backpack straps. Watch your pant legs.
ABC QUICK CHECK:
Air: Pinch the tires, they should be hard.
Brakes: Make sure brakes work and aren’t rubbing the tire.
Chain: Make sure you can shift gears and the chain is tight.
QUICK: Make sure all quick release levers and/or bolts are tight, especially the wheels.
CHECK: Make sure nothing else on your bike is broken.
- Same Roads – Same Rules: Drive Safer tips from MassBike in partnership with: Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Department of Public Health, and Department of Conservation and Recreation.
- Smart Cycling Program from the League of American Bicyclists shows educational videos for riding in traffic.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will continue to offer tools and resources and welcomes input from the community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.