City of Somerville: Share the Road

Take the "Share the Road" quiz!

1. Is the statement below true or false?

Bicyclists have the right to the road only if another type of bicycle facility doesn’t exist.

  • True
  • False

2. When a motorist passes a bicyclist, what is the minimum legal distance that should exist between the vehicle and the bike?

  • 1 feet from the end of the vehicle’s side mirror
  • 3 feet from the end of the vehicle’s side mirror
  • 8 feet from the end of the vehicle’s side mirror
  • There is no legal minimum because all roads are different.

3. On some roads, like the one shown below, lanes are too narrow for a vehicle to remain in the lane while passing the bike with the minimum legal distance of at least 3 feet between them. On these roads, how should the motorist pass the bicyclist?

  • Lightly tap the horn to let the cyclist know that you’re going to pass, then do so by remaining in your lane.
  • Create the 3 feet of legal minimum distance by moving slightly over into the oncoming lane and trusting that the oncoming vehicle will also shift over in the lane.
  • Wait for the oncoming vehicle to pass then move partially over into the oncoming lane to pass the cyclist by more than 3 feet.

4. Is the statement below true or false?

When making a right turn at an intersection, motorists should first determine if there is enough time to safely pass a cyclist without accelerating speed. If there is not enough time to safely pass, they should remain behind the cyclist and then make the right turn.

  • True
  • False

5. Another common motorist mistake that can lead to crashes is called the "left cross." Which of the following describes a "left cross"?

  • When a motorist passes a bicyclist, underestimates the cyclist’s speed, and then moves back into the lane too soon, causing a crash.
  • When a motorist is making a left turn and misjudges an oncoming bicyclist’s speed, turns into the cyclist’s path and cuts him or her off.

6. Which term refers to motorists opening their doors into the path of an oncoming cyclist?

  • Dooring
  • Siding
  • Jarring

7. Is the statement below true or false?

For two-way roads, the right side of the road is both the legal side of the road on which to bike and safer.

  • True
  • False

8. What is the difference between a bike lane and a sharrow?

  • There is no difference. The terms can be used interchangeably.
  • A bike lane flows against traffic. A sharrow flows with traffic.
  • A bike lane is a designated space on the road for cyclists to travel. A sharrow is a marking indicating that cyclists and motorists share the lane.

9. Is the statement below true or false?

A bike box is a designated waiting area for cyclists at an intersection.

  • True
  • False

10. Speed limits citywide are now ______________ (with the exception of some state maintained roads). Additionally, the city has established several _______________ safety zones.

  • 30 mph, 25 mph
  • 30 mph, 20 mph
  • 25 mph, 20 mph

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