FW: [*BCM*] Special rights?
schimek at alum.mit.edu
Thu Oct 14 13:26:59 EDT 2004
Actually the one chapter of Mass. General Laws solely about traffic rules is
Ch. 89, The Law of the Road. You won't see the word "bicycle" in this
section -- but you won't see the words "motor vehicle" either, because the
chapter was originally written in the 19th century. It talks about
"vehicle," which, as the annotated version (with court decisions) makes
clear, includes carriages, bicycles, and, eventually, motor vehicles. There
are some older traffic rules stuck in Ch. 85, Ways and Bridges, which is
also where bicycles can be found. Ch. 90, Motor Vehicles & Aircraft,
includes mostly rules specific to motor vehicles (and aircraft) but also,
confusingly, some general rules of the road (such as turns and signaling).
Also, "CMR" is "Code of Massachusetts Regulations," -- all the regulations
issued by the various agencies of the state. Some but not all of it is
available on the web:
The relevant ones (720 Highways & 350 MDC/DCR) are NOT on the web. I hope to
put them on the new MassBike website soon.
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