Quick Quiz

Whether you are a beginning cyclist, have been riding sporadically for some time, or are a long-time frequent cyclist, you will benefit from having a solid skills foundation. There is a lot more to safe and  enjoyable cycling that merely wearing a helmet, riding on the right  side of the road, and keeping your bike in good repair.

 Take the following quickie quiz. If you can’t answer all the questions  correctly, BikeEd™ Road I is for you.

  1. What is the first thing you should do when you want to make a left turn on your bicycle?
    1. Stop along the right hand curb and wait for a gap in traffic before  starting your turn
    2. Give a hand signal for a left turn
    3. Shortly before you turn, cross over to the left edge of the road
    4. Look over your left shoulder
  2. To stop as quickly as possible on a clean, dry road surface, a skilled cyclist should:
    1. Drop the bicycle and slide    
    2. Squeeze the front brake lever harder than the rear brake lever
    3. Squeeze the rear brake lever slightly harder than the front brake  lever
    4. Brake until both wheels skid
  3. When two drivers on crossing paths arrive at an uncontrolled intersection (no stop signs or traffic lights) at the same time, which  one must yield to the other?
    1. The driver on the right
    2. The driver on the left
    3. The driver of the larger vehicle
    4. The driver of the smaller vehicle
  4. To avoid a pitchover crash over the handlebars when you need to stop, you should:
    1. Never use the front brake
    2. Always apply the rear brake first
    3. Use only the front brake when the pavement is wet or sandy
    4. Use both brakes, but slide back slightly on the seat to put more  weight over the rear wheel
  5. The Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania and all other states says:
    1. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other  drivers
    2. Bicyclists must follow a different set of rules than other drivers
    3. Bicyclists must always yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles
    4. Nothing about how bicyclists are supposed to operate


Answers: 1-d; 2-b; 3-b; 4-d; 5-a

For all the questions, even those you answered correctly, do you know WHY that answer is correct? BikeEd™ Road I will tell you.

You can get a description of Road I and all the BikeEd™ courses at the  League of American Bicyclists’ website <http://www.bikeleague.org/>.  There is also a state-by-state list of certified LCIs (League Cycling Instructors)–people who have undergone intensive training to teach cycling the way it’s supposed to be done.