Bicycle Safey Quiz


  1. True
    Always stop and look left-right-left before entering the roadway. You should look left first because it is the lane with the most immediate threat. The left lane is the closest to you. Next, look to the right as that is the lane you are turning into. When there is no traffic approaching from the right, you are almost ready to proceed. You should now look to the left again because it is the lane with the most immediate threat and traffic may have changed while you were looking to the right. If it is clear, you may proceed. As you commit to entering the road check to the right as you begin your turn or crossing to make sure it is still clear. Remember, vehicles may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision if you enter the roadway suddenly in their path, be sure to keep a safe distance from the roadway until you determine a safe gap in traffic.
  2. False
    Like automobiles, bicycles require routine maintenance to keep them operating properly and in safe riding condition. Get into the habit of cleaning and inspecting your bike on a regular basis. You or your parents can make minor adjustments, but use a repair shop for more complex problems. Keep your brakes oiled, make sure your bike frame is intact, replace any worn or cracked reflectors, keep tires inflated to the correct pressure and make sure your wheels do not wobble.
  3. True
    The rules of the road apply to bicyclists as well. Be sure to ride with traffic as close to the right edge of the road as possible - when sidewalks or bike paths are not available - so traffic can safely move around you.
  4. True
    When you are part of a cycling group, be sure to ride single file - not side-by-side - so traffic can pass you safely.
  5. False
    Traffic signs, signals and pavement markings apply to bicyclists, too. Bicyclists must follow the directions given by police officers and crossing guards. Stop at all stop signs, obey traffic signals, and use caution around flashing yellow lights. Pay particular attention when entering the roadway and watch for turning vehicles as you ride.
  6. True
    Be sure to slow down and yield to pedestrians, watch for motorists and communicate your intentions by using proper hand signals.
  7. True
    If you are a new rider or plan to ride an unfamiliar bike, the key is to practice riding in a safe area without traffic before you get into a real-life traffic situation. Your family can also be helpful or check with local organizations for training programs designed for new riders. A general rule of thumb, always wear your helmet and other elbow and knee safety gear to protect against unforeseen injury. Begin on a dry, clean level area away from traffic and free from obstructions. Practice your balance, circling, braking and control skills. Also practice turning your head without swerving to simulate looking behind for approaching traffic. Later continue to improve your handling skills by riding on gravel or wet surfaces. If you're already an accomplished rider, it's always good to take a refresher course to ensure you are observing safe bicycling rules and current regulations.
  8. False
    Using proper hand signals help alert other road users of your intentions for a change in direction.
  9. True
    When crossing a busy street, it is best to walk your bike across at marked crossings following the pedestrian crosswalk lights where available. This allows you a safe crossing environment with a crosswalk or signal instead of riding out in the intersection possibly leaving a motorist with too little time to avoid a collision.
  10. True
    If you must ride at night, be sure to have reflectors on the front, rear and sides of your bike and wear retro-reflective material on your clothing to ensure motorists are able to see you. Take measures to increase your chances of being seen in the dark.
  11. False
    Carrying passengers on a bike meant for one rider is dangerous. Your balance and ability to steer and see clearly can be impaired. Remember, one seat, one rider!
  12. False
    You should wear a bike helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or slow you ride. In the event of a crash, a helmet that fits properly reduces the risk of brain injury by almost 90 percent.
  13. True
    If your bike is too big, it can be hard to control; if it is too small, it could create other problems. You need to be able to reach the ground with the balls of your feet to maintain your balance when stopped and have ultimate control over your bike. To check the size of your bike, sit on the seat with your legs straddling over the center bar. Grip the handlebars with both hands and rise up on the balls of your feet. While standing in this position, you should have one or two inches of clearance between you and the center bar. Never buy a bike that is too large with idea that you'll grow into it.
  14. False
    The rules of the road and all signs, signals and markings apply to bicyclists, too. Be sure to make complete stops at all stop signs, lights and before entering the roadway from a driveway or side street.
  15. True
    Be sure to slow down and yield to pedestrians. They have the right-of-way when traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation at a crosswalk. Vehicles and bicyclists should yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway.
  16. True
    Visibility is important to ensure motorists can see you at night. If you must ride at night, be sure to have reflectors, lights and retro-reflective material on your clothing.
  17. False
    Always stop and look left-right-left before entering the roadway. Vehicles may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision if you enter the roadway suddenly in their path. Be sure to cross in designated crosswalks if available.
  18. True
    Riding in less congested areas, or on designated bike paths will minimize your risk of potential hazards . Plan your route before you leave home and let your family know where you are going, a number where they can reach you and when to expect you back.
  19. True
    It can be difficult for motorists to see bikes, particularly in low light situations. Be sure to have reflectors on your bike, wear bright clothing and alert motorists to your intentions by using proper hand signals. Many collisions occur while motorists make turns and do not see a bicyclist going straight. Another common collision happens when a driver opens their door and does not see the bike approaching. Be cautious of turning vehicles and car doors opening, they may not see you.
  20. True
    Your bicycle is your first vehicle. The rules of the road also apply to bicyclists. Be sure to develop good driving habits that will stay with you through your driving years. Remember, riding your bike is a freedom and a privilege, keep safety first in mind.

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