I just got my AAA magazine. I've been thinking about canceling my membership in AAA and going to the Better World Club. This may have done it.
Take note of how they've interpreted the new MassBike "Same Roads Same Rules" campaign.
The picture accompanying the article was, of course, of a child of about age 7 on a bike. AAA would prefer that cycling be seen as a less than mature means of getting around- it's for children.
I've bolded some statements that are both inaccurate and unsafe.
Originally Posted by AAA Horizons Magazine
Right to the Curb- Bicyclists in Massachusetts are subject to the same rules applicable to any vehicle that is moving more slowly than overtaking traffic still moving within the speed limit. Which means move to the right to allow for an overtaking vehicle to pass safely when conditions permit. No where does the law specify that bikes must be ridden "right to the curb".
Single file: The new law in Massachusetts is: "Riding Two Abreast Permitted : Bicyclists are no longer restricted to riding single file at all times. You can now ride two abreast (two bicycles, side-by-side), except that you still have to help faster vehicles to pass. So stay in single file when cars need to get by! On multi-lane roads, you can ride two abreast, but all the cyclists in your group must stay in one lane (which will usually be the right-hand lane unless you are making a left turn)."- from MassBike
Veering into Traffic As we all know bicyclists only "veer" into traffic- they never move into another lane. Bicyclists on the road are traffic.
Walk across an intersection Pedestrian deaths at intersections are as high, if not higher, than cyclists- how this is "safer" or smarter boggles my mind. I would suggest all drivers stop and push their vehicles through intersections- that might save some lives.