2015 Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Statistics
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security states that 42 cyclists died between 2010 and 2014 statewide. It is estimated that 12 riders died in 2015 and 94 riders suffered incapacitating injuries in bicycle accidents.
Bicycle Helmet Laws in Massachusetts
All riders 16 years of age and younger are required to wear a helmet by state law. The law also applies passengers on bicycles. Even though older riders are not required by law to wear a helmet, the Highway Safety department recommends that all riders and passengers wear a bicycle helmet for each ride.
In addition to the helmet law, other traffic regulations apply to bicyclists. Information and rules can be found in the Rules of the Road Guide provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Bicycle Safety Programs and Initiatives
The Executive Office works with local law enforcement agencies to help enforce traffic laws to keep bicyclists safe. It also works with state agencies to create safe travel conditions, in addition to providing public information about issues related to safe bicycling.
The Summer 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Media Campaign targeted cities with the highest fatality and injury rates to raise awareness of safety concerns. The media campaign was aimed at reminding motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to watch for each other and use caution when using roads, sidewalks, public transit, and crosswalks.
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
MassBike is a non-profit organization that encourages bicycling and promotes a safe environment for riders. Through education, advocacy, and community support, MassBike seeks to improve bicycling for everyone in Massachusetts. You can locate resources, read current news, and get information about events on the organization’s website.