Safety Tips & Classes

Upcoming Bike Classes

Please email jlawrence@cambridgema.gov or call 617/349-4671 to sign up!
Classes are lecture-style.
Every participant receives one free helmet each year.Rindge Ave
More details here.

Monday, February 5, 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Bicycle Maintenance Basics

  • 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room
  • Topics:
    • The anatomy of the bike
    • Removing wheels
    • Fixing flats
    • Chain Maintenance
    • Pre-Ride check
    • Seat height
    • Portable tool kit
    • Keeping your bike healthy with preventative bike maintenance

Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Beyond Bicycle Maintenance Basics

  • Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
  • 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room
  • Topics:
    • Basic repair tools
    • Thoroughly cleaning and lubricating your bike
    • Removing both wheels
    • Completely changing a flat tire
    • Pinpointing squeaks and rattles
    • Removing pedals
    • Adjusting front and rear brakes + derailleurs,
    • Dealing with a broken spoke

 

5 safety tips for urban cycling

  1. Act like a car
    Stop at lights and yield to pedestrians.
    Note: It is state law in Massachusetts that you can take the full lane when riding.
  2. Be visible
    Use front and back lights! Wear bright, reflective clothing at night.Cambridge bike shops:
    Quad Bikes (Shepard and Walker St)
    Broadway Bicycle School (351 Broadway)
    CrimsonBikes (1001 Massachusetts Ave)
    Cambridge Bicycle (259 Massachusetts Ave)
  3. Avoid large vehicle blind spots
    Buses and trucks have large blind spots on either side of the vehicle as well as in front and back. Try to stay out of the blind spot, especially at intersections, where a vehicle may not see you as they turn right. If you can’t see the mirrors, the driver likely can’t see you.
  4. Avoid doors
    Try to ride as far from parked cars as possible, typically on the left half of a standard bike lane.Bonus:
    Teach drivers & Uber/Lyft riders the Dutch Reach
    Reach with your far hand when opening so that you automatically turn to look for oncoming bikes and cars.
  5. Passing/being passed
    Pass another person riding on the left (be to the left of whomever you’re passing)
    By being consistent in our behavior, we can avoid crashes.

 

For more tips & detailed diagrams, check out the city’s page!

 

Videos

Street Code

Read the city’s Street Code, full of diagrams and explanations of how to behave while out and about, whether walking, driving, cycling or taking public transit.

Food for thought:

  1. Slow down. The faster you travel, the higher the risk of crash and death. Is beating that yellow light really worth injuring someone, losing your job, or going to jail? Take a breath and slow down.
  2. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Imagine what it would feel like to be in their position. Don’t assume the worst. Maybe they don’t know the rules and norms of the road. Maybe they looked, but didn’t see you. Be the person you want to see on the streets.
  3. It’s not about you. It’s about all of us. We are all trying to safely get somewhere. Let’s go out into the world trusting that we can come back alive and uninjured.