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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 01:43

2021 Summer Road Trips Resources

Is 2021 the year for your epic road trip vacation? 

Now that Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed in most states, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of summer of road trips because it’s safer to travel in your own vehicle rather than by planes, trains, or buses, with people you don’t know.

And while it's great to get back to traveling, the pandemic isn’t over yet. Before you plan your summer road trip, familiarize yourself with these road trip resources.


Know the Local COVID-19 Guidelines

Most states have dropped or relaxed coronavirus-related restrictions. Generally, state government websites, such as Mass.gov, will provide you with the latest advisories and requirements along with these additional resources:

Friday, 07 May 2021 03:54

The SUV of Bicycles

Have you ever wanted to turn off the paved road and head down an inviting dirt road but knew your bike couldn't handle it? If so, a gravel bike could be the bike for you.

Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity due to their all-terrain versatility. From commuting city streets to rugged adventure rides, gravel bikes are the SUVs of bicycles that can go just about anywhere. 

Motorists Driving in the Presence of Bicyclists Must Follow These Laws in Massachusetts

Do you know your responsibilities as a driver when sharing the road with bicyclists?

Bicyclists have the right to use all public ways in this state except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted. When riding on public ways, bicyclists must obey the same basic traffic laws and regulations that apply to motor vehicle operators. Motorists must follow additional rules and regulations when driving in the presence of bicyclists.

The following is a summary of Massachusetts bike law for drivers:  

As a motorist in the presence of bicycles: (see Massachusetts General Law Chapter 89, Section 2 and Chapter 90, Section 14)1 

  • Do Not Cut-Off After Passing: When passing a bicycle traveling in the same direction that is on your right, you must not return to the right until you have safely passed the overtaken bicycle. (Chap. 89, Sec. 2)

  • Do Not Make an Abrupt Turn After Passing: When passing a bicycle near an intersection or driveway where you want to turn right, you cannot turn unless you are at a safe distance from the bicyclist and you can make the turn at a reasonable and proper speed. (Chap. 90, Sec 14)

  • Do Not Squeeze Bicycles in a Narrow Lane: If a lane is too narrow to pass a bicycle at a safe distance, be PATIENT until you can safely use an adjacent lane or WAIT until it is safe to pass in the lane you share. (Chap. 89, Sec. 2) You should stay at least three feet away when passing.

  • Do Not Fail to Yield When Turning Left: When turning left at an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway, you must yield the right of way to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, including a bicycle, if it is in the intersection or close enough to be an immediate hazard. (Chap. 90, Sec 14)

  • Watch for Bicycles on Your Right: Bicycles can legally ride to the right of motor vehicle traffic. The law says it is not a defense for a motorist causing a crash with a bicycle that the bicycle was to the right of other traffic. (Chap. 85, Sec 11B)

  • Do Not Open a Door Without First Looking: Drivers and passengers can be fined up to $100 for opening a vehicle door into an oncoming bicycle. (Chap. 90, Sec 14) Before opening your door, you should always check behind you to make sure that no bicyclists are approaching. 

    (Related post:  Dutch Reach Technique.)

  • Be aware that bicyclists can ride two bicycles side-by-side. However, on a road with more than one lane in the direction of travel, they must stay in one lane. (Chap. 85, Sec. 11B) 

  • Be aware that bicyclists Do Not Always Have to Signal Turns! Bicyclists must signal their intent by either hand to stop or turn. However, the signal does not have to be continuous or be made at all if both hands are needed for the bicycle’s safe operation. (Chap. 85, Sec. 11B)

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