Thank *^&$ I don’t live in Boston

A couple of well known bloggers, Bikeyface and Lovely Bicycle, live that way and in a circuitous way I got to this…

Bicycling Rules of the Road according to the Boston Public Health Commission

  • 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.
  • Don’t ride when it’s dark. If riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening is unavoidable, wear retroreflective material on clothing or bike, and use lights on the bike.
  • Cyclists should be restricted to sidewalks and paths until they reach the age of 10 and can demonstrate they know the rules of the road. Supervision is essential until children develop the necessary traffic skills and judgment.

The BPHC is fantastically interested in cycling, there is page after page of information telling people to wear helmets and how to choose the correct fit. Bizarrely though, for a public health group I can’t find a single page telling the readers that cycling is more likely to save their life and that perhaps it might be a good idea if they take it up.

In fact with their new campaign one might even think they are trying to discourage cycling. This image is particularly fantastic, what sort of helmet was this man with a bloody jaw supposed to wear to save him from his injury, a full motorcycle helmet? It couldn’t be more off putting if the caption said ‘Still think it’s a good idea to cycle?’

I really don’t want to turn this into a swear blog, but what a load of counts.


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