Although most of us are in the heart of biking season, it is always good to refesh ourselves on the biking rules of the road. Â This test was furnished by Craig Hill at News Tribune. Â The answers are listed below.
1. Can a bicyclist wear headphones?
a. Yes, always.
b. No, especially if theyâ€™re listening to ACDC.
c. Itâ€™s OK on trails, but not on the road.
d. As long as one ear is uncovered to listen for traffic.
2. Can a cyclist ever ride on the left side of the road?
b. They are entitled to move left to use turn lanes just like cars.
c. Yes, but itâ€™s acceptable and sometimes safer for them to use sidewalks and crosswalks instead of turn lanes.
d. State law allows cyclists to ride on the left on one-way roads and to take control of a lane if necessary.
3. Are helmets required everywhere?
a. All cities and stares are different. Check first and know the law.
c. There are no helmet laws or ordinances.
d. Not if it messes up your hair.
4. State law says motorists must honk when passing cyclists.
a. True. Itâ€™s polite.
b. False. The noise could startle them.
c. No. My responsibility is to give them at least three feet of space when I pass.
d. Only if theyâ€™re wearing white spandex.
5. Cyclists are not required to stop at stop signs.
a. False. Theyâ€™re there for a reason.
b. True, but they must stop if there is no marked crosswalk.
6. Can cyclists treat stop signs as yield signs if they arrive first at an intersection?
a. This is allowed in some states, but not all.
b. Cyclist must come to a complete stop by either placing a foot on the ground or balancing in a stopped position.
c. Stop sign, schmop sign.
d. Itâ€™s OK to run a stop sign if youâ€™re wearing a helmet.
7. Can cyclists ride at night while wearing dark or non-reflective clothes?
a. No way. Thatâ€™s stupid.
b. Yes, but itâ€™s still stupid.
8. Cyclists can ride on the road in areas where bike lanes and paved trails are available.
b. False. Stay off the road.
9. Can cyclists ride on sidewalks?
a. Yes, but they must yield to pedestrians.
b. Yes, it can sometimes be a good alternative for getting out of the way of traffic, but itâ€™s usually safer to be on the road.
c. Yes, state law says cyclists are a vehicle on the road and a pedestrian on the sidewalk.
d. No, itâ€™s not safe.
10. Cyclists can ride side-by-side on the road.
c. Only if theyâ€™re filming the bike cop version of â€śCHiPs.â€ť
d. Yes, but itâ€™s polite and safe to line up single file when cars pass.
11. A group of cyclists at a stop sign can pass through the intersection together.
a. True. It is usually acceptable and it is quite often more efficient.
b. False. Line up and go one at time just like other vehicles.
12. Lights are required for riding your bike at night.
a. True. Bikes must have a white light in front and a red reflector in back.
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9. A, B & C Â 10. A & D Â 11. A Â 12. A
b. False. Ride at your own risk.