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Bedford, Lexington, and Arlington, are inviting 5 other neighboring towns, plus MassBike to participate in a "Electronic Message Board" event in April as a prelude to May Bike Month events. We will work with the town Traffic Safety officer to place the portable electronic message boards on busy roads. The messages, appropriate for the particular road, are intended to make motorists more aware of bicyclists on the road and the importance of providing a safe clearance when passing.
If there is road or intersection that frequently presents safety concerns for you as a bicyclist, post a note, or send us an email, and we will ask the town to address the issue.
The Bedford Bike Committee is creating map that will identify roads and paths in Bedford with their 'suitable riding level' - similar to the convention used in the Boston Bike Map. The map will help us identify candidates for sharrows, better shoulders or additional signage. Are there intersections or sections of roads that present extra problems for bicyclists that should be identified? Send us email or post your suggestions here. Include the time of day (e.g., rush hour, at night) or other factors that are relevant to the problems you encounter.
- W/o enforcement, making laws is not productive
- Laws must be consistent for all towns, and perhaps stricter but not conflict w/ state laws
- Probably different rules for different users. E.g.,:
- cyclists: lights front/rear, reflective gear side/front/rear
- walkers/joggers: reflective vest front/rear
- dogs: reflective or lighted collar
- rollerbladers: same as cyclists because they can overtake other users
- Reflective center lines, fence markers, etc. would help
- Not clear what current Town laws are with respect to night use of bikeway or whether they are consistent. A google turns up
- (www.minutemanbikeway.org/) Bicycle headlight is required when riding at night.
(http://www.cambridgema.gov/~cdd/et/bike/bike_faq.html) Massachusetts law requires bicyclists to use a white front light
from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Visibility
is a critical matter for bicyclists. Nearly half of all cycling deaths
nationally involve cyclists riding at night without lights, although only 3% of biking occurs after dark. It is
important for cyclists to understand that front lights are important
primarily so that other travelers can see them. Reflectors alone do not
make a bicycle visible at night.
Light from a reflector bounces directly back to where it came from, so
reflectors are of no use when car headlights are not pointed directly
at the bike. Only a front light makes the bicycle visible to
pedestrians, to drivers about to open a car door into the street, and
to drivers who are backing up.
The law also requires a red
rear light or reflector and reflectors on the pedals or reflective
material on the rider’s ankles. .Lights are strongly encouraged on the
back of the bicycle, as these provide stronger visibility.
- (http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/attraction/minuteman-bikeway-02000) 'dawn to dusk' hours