Yarmouth police: 17 bicycle vs. car crashes since June 1

Cyclists reminded they too need to follow the rules of the road
The bike above was damaged in the 17th bike vs. car crash in Yarmouth since June 1. Yarmouth Police Dept. photo.

YARMOUTH - On Tuesday night, Yarmouth patrol officers were dispatched to the scene of a bicycle vs. car on Route 28. This is the seventeenth such incident since June 1, according to a Yarmouth police release.

Many of the accidents are the fault of the bicyclist, and the majority of the crashes are occurring in high traffic areas such as Route 28.

Yarmouth police remind bicyclists that like motorists, they too must obey the rules of the road. As the summer population increases on the Cape, so does the number of bicyclists--many of whom are in violation of Massachusetts bicycle safety laws, especially at night, police said.

Yarmouth police have stepped up bike safety patrols in high traffic areas and will be stopping cyclists and issuing citations for any violations of MA law. Any cyclist who fails to give his or her real name to police if stopped risk arrest, according to the release.

Bicyclists are reminded to following the following safety laws when riding on public roadways:

  • The bike must have a white light in the front, a red light or reflector in the rear and side reflectors on the bike or rider.
  • Anyone under 16 riding a bike or being carried as a passenger must wear a protective helmet while operating on public roadways or bicycle paths.
  • There must be a seat for both the rider and the passenger.
  • Cyclists may not ride on sidewalks in business districts.
  • Cyclists must ride on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws and signals including stopping at red lights and stop signs, yielding at crosswalks, etc.
  • Packages may only be carried in a basket or on a rack or trailer.
  • At least one hand must be on the handlebars at all times.
  • Hand signals must be used when turning.
  • Bikes may not be towed by a vehicle and bikes may not tow a person on skates, a skateboard, etc.

Citations and fines up to $20 may be issued for violations. Bicycle safety laws are outlined in MA General Law Chapter 85, Section 11B.

In response to the increase in bicycle related crashes and injuries, Yarmouth officers targeted high traffic areas Wednesday night for bicycle safety violations. Officers were also watching for crosswalk violations following several complaints that motorists are speeding and not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.

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