There are lots of great reasons to outfit your bike with a bell, but here’s one you may not expect.
Wow, I had no idea. We generally ring our bells when passing pedestrians out of courtesy anyway, but it’s good to know this is actually a law on the books. Though, I’m realizing more and more that people don’t generally know what to do when they hear a bell. I get dirty looks sometimes (perhaps bc in Boston its easy to equate bell-ringing to car-honking, which happens with annoying frequency). If this is indeed a law on the books, educating both cyclists and pedestrians about when to use the bell, and what it means when you hear a bell would be really helpful. Especially given how many busy mixed-use paths we have in the Boston area.
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