On Friday, May 15, 2015, members of the BPD City Wide Bicycle Unit took part in a blessing of the bikes event alongside one hundred other community cyclists at Trinity Church in Boston’s Back Bay. Reverend Laura Everett, one of the event organizers, teamed up with the Boston Cyclists Union, Reverend Nancy Taylor from Old South Church, Reverend Patrick Ward from Trinity Copley Church, and Abbi Holt from Hope Central Church to administer the blessing. Everett said the ritual for blessing bikes has been a tradition at a church in Jamaica Plain for the last five years but this year they partnered with Trinity Church on Copley Square so that clergy could have a larger, more public space for the ceremonies. Reverend Everett blessed the officers and their bikes stating, "Bless, protect and guide this bicycle. May love be always in your heart and wind be always at your back."
In the City of Boston, cyclists age 16 and under are required to wear a properly fitted safety helmet while operating a bicycle in Boston but the BPD asks and encourages all riders to wear one - especially when cycling on our busy streets.
In addition to wearing a helmet – consider the following Bicycle Safety Tips:
- Obey all traffic laws. Whether riding a bike or driving a car, the rules of the road are the same for both so be sure to obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings.
- Go with the flow. When riding, ride with traffic, not against it. Whether riding a bike or driving a car, the rules of the road are the same for both.
- Yield and be respectful to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. When entering a large intersection where there is no stop sign or traffic signal present, slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.
- Be predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Be predictable in your riding and signal your moves well before you make them.
- Stay Alert at all times. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. All these hazards can cause a crash.
- Hear it before you see it. Don’t wear a headset when you ride. You wouldn’t ride with a blindfold so why ride with headphones. The more you can see and hear, the safer you’re going to be.
- See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather or night, you need to be seen by others. Always wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding during day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.