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?
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.
Arizona MVD’s Driver’s Test
Here is the only question related to bicycling actually 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
And even it is a little odd. Answer C is clearly the most-correct of the three choices; however, it’s normally phrased as “Must follow…” in other words, it’s not an option, it’s a requirement.