Questionnaire: How Safe a Cyclist Are You?

A cyclist can keep out of trouble on the roads by following a few simple safety rules. Take our bike safety questionnaire to discover how safe a rider you are.

Question 1: Which of the following items do you wear when you go cycling?

  • a) A securely-fastened cycle helmet that is the correct size and conforms to current regulations.
  • b) Appropriate clothes that will not get tangled in the chain or a wheel and will not obscure your lights.
  • c) Fluorescent or light-coloured clothing to help other road users to see you in daylight.
  • d) Reflective clothing and/or accessories such as belt, arm or ankle bands in the dark.

Question 2: Which of the following actions is sometimes acceptable for cyclists?

  • a ) Riding while under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine.
  • b) Cycling on a pavement.
  • c) Cycling in a bus lane.
  • d) Holding onto a moving vehicle.

Question 3: Which of the following crossings is it okay for a cyclist to ride across?

  • a) Equestrian.
  • b) Pelican.
  • c) Puffin.
  • d) Zebra.

Question 4: Which of the following lights and reflectors must a night rider have?

  • a) A white front light
  • b) A red rear light.
  • c) A white front reflector.
  • d) A red rear reflector.

Question 5: When is it acceptable for a cyclist to take one hand off the handlebars?

  • a) To gesticulate at other road users.
  • b) To wave to friends.
  • c) To signal or change gear.
  • d) To carry a bag of shopping.

Question 6: Cyclists should ride in single file on narrow or busy roads or when riding round bends, but what is acceptable on quiet roads?

  • a) Single file.
  • b) Two abreast.
  • c) Three abreast.
  • d) Four abreast.

Question 7: Which of the following bike safety statements is false?

  • a) Do not pass between the kerb and a bus when it is at a stop.
  • b) Do not carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one.
  • c) The use of cycle lanes is compulsory
  • d) Take extra care near road humps, narrowings and other traffic calming features.

Answers: Question 1 – a, b, c and d) All of these items should be worn to be safe (take a point for each one)
Question 2 – c) Most bus lanes can be used by cyclists as indicated on signs (3 points).
Question 3 – None of them (lose a point for each one), but cyclists can ride across Toucan crossings.
Question 4 – a, b and d) Must be fitted and working at night (take a point for each), whereas c) is optional but will help you to be seen.
Question 5 – c) Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear (3 points).
Question 6 – a and b) Cyclists should never ride more than two abreast (point for each).
Question 7 – c) The use of cycle lanes is not compulsory, but they can make your journey safer (3 points).

Score: 16-18

Well done you’re ready for the road.

Score 13-15

Brush up on cycling safety before setting off

12 and under

Study the Highway Code or you could be putting yourself and other road users at risk.