Take a test drive

This Road Test is designed to ensure the cyclist understands the basics of riding a bike safely. By administering this Road Test, a parent and/or guardian can have peace of mind in knowing that his or her child understands how to ride safely on the road and adults can quickly check their knowledge.

A parent and/or guardian can print out the checklist and take a child on a ‘road test’. As the child successfully accomplishes each activity, check off the item as complete. If the child requires more practice for a particular activity, check the ‘needs more practice’ column. Once the child successfully and safely completes all the items, a parent and/or guardian can issue a certificate to the child for successful completion of the Bike Safety Road Test.

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Use of Equipment

1. Knows how to properly wear a helmet

  • Ensures helmet fits snugly
  • Ensures helmet is positioned two fingers above the eyebrows to protect the forehead
  • Tightens the chinstrap with enough room to slide one finger between the strap and the chin

2. Uses bell/horn to warn other cyclists or pedestrians that he/she is passing

General

3. Rides on the right side of the road

4. Performs hand signals correctly

  • Left Turn
  • Right Turn
  • Stop

5. Scans the road

  • Looks at least one block ahead
  • Looks for potential hazards on the road
  • Looks left, centre, right prior to crossing intersections

Knowledge of Traffic Signs & Signal Lights

6. Comes to a complete stop for a ‘Stop’ sign

7. Comes to a complete stop at a ‘Red’ traffic control signal light

8. Proceeds at a ‘Green’ traffic control signal light

Understanding of Road Rules

9. Understands how to enter the street from a driveway or alley

  • Comes to a complete stop
  • Looks left, centre and right
  • Shoulder checks to ensure there are no other vehicles or cyclists
  • Hand signals
  • Looks well ahead. When clear of vehicles and pedestrians and safe to do so, proceeds to the appropriate lane

10. Understands traveling straight

  • Looks well ahead
  • Rides in a straight line
  • Uses right-hand curb lane
  • Rides one meter away from parked cars

11. Understands yield sign

  • Slows down
  • Scans the intersection left, centre and right
  • Yields to other road users approaching the intersection or already in the intersection
  • Continues riding when intersection is clear and safe to do so

12. Understands pedestrian right or way

  • Comes to a full stop and yields the right of way to pedestrians waiting to cross or crossing the street
  • Waits until the pedestrian is clear of the crosswalk
  • Scans left, centre and right for any other road users
  • Proceeds through the intersection when safe to do so

13. Understands four-way stop

  • Stops just before the stop line or crosswalk
  • If more than one cyclist/vehicle arrives at the intersection, waits for the cyclist/vehicle that stops first to go first
  • If more than one cyclist/vehicle arrives at the intersection at the same time, waits for the cyclist/vehicle on the right to go first

14. Understands changing lanes and passing

  • Shoulder checks for gap in traffic to change lanes
  • Hand signals
  • Shoulder checks again to ensure safety
  • Moves safely into lane
  • Uses bell to alert other pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles on the road of the pass

15. Understands right turn

  • Scans left, centre and right
  • Hand signals
  • Shoulder checks right to ensure it is safe to turn and no vehicles are present
  • Moves safely into next available lane and proceeds straight in the right hand curb lane

16. Understands pedestrian left turn

  • Rides straight through the intersection when safe
  • Dismounts bicycle at the corner of the intersection and when safe, walks bicycle across intersection

17. Understands left turning lane

  • Scans left, centre and right
  • Shoulder checks left to ensure there is no traffic behind
  • Hand signals
  • Shoulder checks left again to ensure it is safe to go
  • Moves and positions bicycle just to the right of the centre line and turns left when safe to do so

18. Understands pedestrian crosswalk

  • Stops bicycle before entering the crosswalk
  • Yields right of way to pedestrian
  • Allows pedestrian to cross the street
  • Before proceeding, scans left, centre and right to ensure there are no other pedestrians crossing the crosswalk
  • Shoulder checks to ensure it is safe to proceed
  • Proceeds