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Bicycle Safety

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Bicycle Helmet Program

Every bike ride should start by putting on a helmet. Our program provides bicycle helmets for as low as $5 to Boston residents, health centers, and other local agencies. We also provide free bicycle helmet fittings, educate communities on bicycle safety, and partner with health centers, public schools, and other local organizations to organize bicycle safety events for the public. 

You can order our bicycle helmets by completing our "Bicycle Helmet Request Form," found below. Please contact us at 617-534-5197 if you have any questions about our Bicycle Helmet Program. 

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Click above for our Bicycle Helmet Request Form

Bluebikes: Income Eligible Program

The BlueBikes Income Eligible Program allows residents who qualify to use Bluebikes for $50 for a year of riding or $5 for 30 days of riding. Your membership will include unlimited 60-minute trips and a Bicycle Benefits sticker. 

Residents who are income-eligible or participate in the following assistance programs qualify for the membership: 

  • Massachusetts EBT 
  • Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP)
  • Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)
  • MassHealth
  • Pell Grants
  • Public Housing (e.g. Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, or Somerville Housing Authorities)
  • SSI/SSDI
  • WIC

Sign up for the Income Eligible program with the Mayor's Health Line (Call to make an appointment at 617-534-5050) and receive a bicycle helmet from our program. Learn more about the Income Eligible Program at: https://www.bluebikes.com/pricing/income-eligible-program

Bicycling Rules of the Road

  • Massachusetts law requires any person under 17 years old to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, a skateboard, a scooter, or in-line skating.
  • Cyclists should be restricted to sidewalks until they reach 10 years old and can demonstrate they know the rules of the road.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it. Ride as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street.
  • Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left at intersections.
  • Avoid riding when it’s dark and during rush hour if possible, 
  • Wear reflective material on clothing or bike, and use lights on the bike.

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