The following is a list of motor vehicles laws, enforced by the Amherst Police Department, enacted in an effort to promote safety towards bicyclists.
• Motorists cannot “Door” cyclists. This means that before opening the doors to a vehicle, motorists must make sure that this doesn’t interfere with the flow of traffic, whether it be vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists. MGL C.90§14
• Motorists cannot “Right-Hook” cyclists after passing them. Basically, after passing a cyclists travelling in the same direction, motorists cannot make a right turn unless they are a safe distance away from that cyclists. MGL C.90§14
• Motorists cannot “Squeeze Out” a
cyclists. If a motorist cannot overtake and pass a cyclist at a safe distance in the same lane, a motorist must either use the adjacent lane if it can be done safely, or wait for a safe opportunity to do so. MGL C.90§14
• If a motorist cannot overtake and pass a cyclists at a safe distance in the same lane, a motorist must either use the adjacent lane if it can be done safely, or wait for a safe opportunity to do so. MGL C.90§14
• After overtaking and passing a cyclists, a motorist cannot return to the right lane until it is safe to do so. MGL C.89§2
These violations could result in a $50 fine
For additional information, contact our nationally certified instructor in the International Police Mountain Bicycle Association (IPMBA), Officer Bill Laramee at 413-259-3000 or via email. Also, check out the motor vehicle laws used to promote bicyclist safety.
For more information on these laws and other bicycle safety initiatives, see the MassBike website. Massbike has produced an easy to read informational brochure highlighting the value of using your bicycle as your main method of transportation. This brochure includes tips to insure your safety while cycling.