Bicyclist Safety Bill
On January 15, 2009, Government Patrick signed the Bicyclist Safety Bill into law. Although bicyclists previously had the legal right to ride in the lane of travel, this law provides more legal protection to bicyclists operating on roadways.
Motorists are now liable if they cause the crash of a bicyclist riding to the right. Motorists must yield to bicyclists but bicyclists should be courteous and make room for faster traffic, when possible. The new law also better enables enforcement of traffic laws violated by bicyclists. Information about this law can be found on the MassBike website.
Over the coming months, the BPAC will be compiling a list of bicycle routes in Chelmsford. The list will include commuting routes and marked rides, such as those sponsored by the Charles River Wheelmen. It will also include routes from neighborhoods to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
This information will be used to advise the town on roadway and development projects. It will also be used to create a map of recommended bike routes in Chelmsford.
Safe Routes to Schools
This program, sponsored by MassRides, helps local schools develop safe walking and bicycling routes. Once a school meets its program goals, funding for improvements may be made available. Center School and South Row School have enrolled in this free program. The BPAC is available to help any other school's Parent Teacher Organizations that would like to get on board. Contact Carol Grueneich
for more information about this program.
The BPAC wants to encourage the installation of well-designed, well-placed bike racks in the town, especially at public places like schools and businesses. Bike rack guidelines are available on the BPAC webpage.
Guidelines for locating and installing bike racks are being drafted. If you would like more information or assistance, contact Mike Koziel.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
BPAC coordinates activities associated with the trail. Please refer to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Event Registration section of the BPAC Home Page for more information.