What better way to take in the landscapes of the Chesapeake watershed than from a bicycle? And not just the sights — the sounds, scents and symphony of nature await those who choose to tour at the bicycle’s more leisurely pace. Plus, bicycling is healthy for the environment as it requires no fossil fuel and leaves no harmful emissions. It also offers health benefits for the rider — as long as they remember to follow basic safety rules. How cycle savvy are you?
1. Everyone knows the importance of wearing a helmet — See Bay Buddies if you don’t — but the clothing one wears can also play a role in one’s safety. For optimum safety when riding, wear:
A. Bubble wrap for protection from falls
B. Bright clothing for visibility
C. Loose clothing for comfort
D. Close-fitting clothing that won’t get caught in your bike’s chain or gears
E. B & D
2. If you are an adult riding with children, which of these are a good reason for wearing a helmet?
A. You are their role model.
B. The pavement is just as hard on adult heads as it is on children’s.
C. Who is going to look after your children if you are in a crash or accident?
D. All of the above
3. True or false? Bicyclists are exempt from automobile laws (signaling, traffic signals & lights).
4. Where there is not a designated bike trail, it is best to ride:
A. In the leftmost lane against the flow of traffic
B. In the rightmost lane with the flow of traffic
C. In the center lane where you are most visible
D. On a sidewalk
5. When several bicyclists are riding together on a road that is not closed to traffic, the safest riding formation is:
A. Riding in a straight line
B. Riding in a close bunch
C. Riding in a staggered formation
D. Riding in a V formation
6. Bicycle lights are important safety features and are absolutely necessary if one is riding at night or in poor visibility conditions. (Wearing reflective clothing or reflective tape on one’s clothing/helmet is also recommended.) What type of lights should one use:
A. Red lights on the front & red lights and reflectors on the back of the bike
B. White lights on the front & white lights and reflectors on the back of the bike
C. A white light on the front of the bike & red lights and reflectors on the back of the bike
D. A red light on the front of the bike & white lights and reflectors on the back of the bike
7. The best way to cross a railroad track, assuming you have already slowed down to check that a train is not coming, is to:
A. Ring your bike bell just in case
B. Cross at a 45 degree angle
C. Cross at a 90 degree angle
E. Turn around and go the other way
8. It is important to be alert when riding a bicycle. Things that bicyclists should pay attention to include:
A. Turning vehicles
B. Door zone of parked cars
C. Debris on the road
D. All of the above
To learn about bicycle safety, visit the League of American Bicyclists’ website at http://bikeleague.org.