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Could you pass a Dutch bicycling exam?

In the Netherlands, all children in their last year of primary school must take two tests to earn a bike diploma. First, they sit for a multiple-choice exam on the rules of the road. Then, they head to the streets for a real-world biking test on a course that winds through traffic. The bike diploma is one of the reasons about half of all people in the Netherlands ride a bicycle at least once per day.

Try it out: Could you pass a Dutch cycling exam?

  • You approach a wide bike box at a red traffic light, where a number of other cyclists are already waiting. Are you allowed to wait on your bike in the part of the box directly in front of cars?

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  • If you want to turn left on a bike, how do you do it safely?

  • This sign means: End residential street. A cyclist rides past the sign. He must now yield the right-of-way to:

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  • A bus pulls over at a designated bus stop. In which situation is it prohibited for a cyclist to pass the bus on the left?

  • This truck intends to turn right at the intersection. The moped rider intends to travel straight through the intersection. Who must yield the right of way?

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  • A car is pulling into traffic from a parallel parking spot on the right side of the road. A cyclist approaches from behind in a bike lane. Who must yield the right of way?

  • This sign means “Bike street: The car is the guest.” How must cars and bicycles behave on this kind of street?

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  • Which of the following are necessary when riding a bike in the rain?

  • If you want to ride your bicycle in the snow, what must you do?

Martine Powers/Globe staff

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