One of the last bills adopted at the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session was H.3072, An Act protecting bicyclists in bicycle lanes, sponsored by Rep. Dave Rogers. When a vehicle is parked in a bike lane it expose cyclists to danger by forcing them to swerve into the flow of traffic, around the obstruction.
The first section of the bill defines the offense: “The operator of a motor vehicle shall not stand or park the vehicle upon an on-street path or lane designated by an official sign or marking for the exclusive use of bicycles.”
The second and third sections of the bill set the fine at $50.
The fourth section of the bill specifies that this new offense will not lead to an insurance surcharge.
We have had some questions about how this law will be enforced, particularly with respect to picking up and dropping off passengers.
“Stand” or “Standing” is generally defined as “The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers.” Similar definitions are found in multiple sections , ,  of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, and the Boston and Cambridge Traffic Regulations.
If a driver needs to pull over briefly to drop someone off or pick someone up, they should not receive a ticket. Only a more prolonged stop, should result in enforcement.
Chief of Staff
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger
Note from WB: Governor signed this legislation — it is law
Thanks to Governor Baker for signing this legislation. Thanks also to MassDOT and the State Police for helping us work out the kinks in the bill.