Test your knowedge of bicycle laws in Massachusetts

Answers linked at the bottom of this page.


Answer True or False

  1. “Look Mom, no hands!” Riding a bike without holding the handlebars is allowed as long as you’re going straight.
  2. At night, a bicyclist must wear ankle reflectors if there are no reflectors on the pedals.
  3. Bicyclists in Massachusetts have the right of way over pedestrians in an intersection
  4. Bicyclists in Massachusetts must stop at all stop signs and red lights regardless of whether any traffic is approaching.
  5. If biking at night your bicycle must have a white taillight.
  6. If you’re 16 or under the law requires you to wear a bike helmet.
  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).
  8. In Massachusetts, it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk of a downtown business district.
  9. It’s okay to whistle on your bike to warn pedestrians.
  10. Motorists and their passengers are not required by law to 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.
  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.
  13. Motorists must yield to oncoming bicyclists when making left turns.
  14. When turning on a bike you don’t have to signal in advance.