Take the Driver’s testPosted on September 18th, 2011 3 comments
The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends strengthening state laws and adding more questions about bicycle safety in driver’s license tests. Many people don’t know the existing rules. How well do you? (this quiz accompanied the azrepublic article on ADOT’s BSAP):
1. When is it OK for a bicycle to enter regular traffic from a bike lane or shoulder?
A. To pass another bike in a bike lane.
B. To avoid a hazard.
C. To prepare for a left turn into a driveway.
D. All of the above.
2. When are bicycles required to have their tail lights on?
A. At night only.
B. Never. The law only requires rear reflectors.
C. Between dusk and dawn.
A. Should ride facing traffic.
B. Must stay in the right lane.
C. Must follow the same laws as drivers.
D. May never ride on sidewalks.
4. When passing a bicycle, motor-vehicle drivers:
A. Must give the bicycle at least 3 feet of clearance.
B. Should sound the horn to warn the bicyclist.
C. Should do nothing different; cars have right of way.
D. May enter a center turn lane if one exists and it’s safe.
5. When a bicyclist approaches a four-way stop sign, the rider:
A. May continue through the intersection without stopping when there is no other traffic.
B. Must stop fully before continuing.
C. Should slow down, look in all directions and proceed with caution.
D. May turn right without stopping.
6. Which is legal for bicyclists
A. Riding with one hand on a grocery bag.
B. Riding with one hand on a grocery bag while talking on a cellphone.
C. Riding on a sidewalk at the posted speed limit.
D. Riding with one hand holding on to a car.
Answers: 1-D, 2-B, 3-C, 4-A, 5-B, 6-A.
Here are the only question listed on the current online sample practice tests (there are two tests, 10 questions each):
A. Should ride facing traffic
B. Must stay in the right lane
C. Should follow the same laws as drivers
Other, heretofore unwritten Arizona test questions:
7. A “dumbass” is:
A. A bicyclist on the roadway.
B. A motorist who yells at bicyclists.
C. A motorist who gets all flustered when a bicyclist actually stops at a stop sign.
8. The proper way to express the tension between bicycles and motorists is:
A. Yell and cuss at each other.
B. Ride really close to each other.
C. Love taps.
D. Bottle it up, uncork it for your S.O. or kids.
9. In Tucson, riding a bicycle on the sidewalks is:
C. Illegal for everyone but the police.
10. An “Idaho stop” is:
A. Bicycles yielding, but not necessarily stopping, at stop signs.
B. A sensible policy for bicycle safety.
C. The law in Idaho, not Arizona.
D. All of the above.
Answers: Answers? Satire offers no answers.
California law is different from Arizona on a couple of points: Permitted Movements from Bicycle Lanes: “any person operating a bicycle upon the roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride within the bicycle lane (http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21208.htm) and, correct answer to question #7, Motor Vehicles and Motorized Bicycles in Bicycle Lanes: “No person shall drive a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane established on a roadway pursuant to Section 21207 except as follows . . . To prepare for a turn within a distance of 200 feet from the intersection” (http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21209.htm)
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