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Old 05-20-20, 10:24 AM
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Bikes taking lane in Mass.

What is the rule for bicycles taking a lane in Mass. if conditions require (potholes/trash/etc)?
Is there a pamphlet with these rules?
I thought I saw a sign in Boston stating a cyclist can take a lane some time ago.

Please advise

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Old 05-20-20, 12:23 PM
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The Mass 2009 bicycle safety law says bikes have all the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle. This includes taking the lane. Since then there has been only one case of involving a bicycle taking the lane that I'm aware of. This was in Hadley Mass where one commuter routinely took the lane on route 9.
This ended up with a Federal judge ruling that:under state law, bicyclists are entitled to ride in a position anywhere within a single lane on a road, but have a duty to allow motor vehicles to overtake them. In other words, a slower traveling bicyclist is required by state law to pull to the right to allow a faster traveling motorist to pass when it is “objectively safe” to do so under the circumstances.
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