There are (or were, when I took the test a long time ago) ten questions on the ME License exam, three of which deal with alcohol, none of which deal with bicycles. I believe ME just passed a 3' passing clearance law, too.
From the "ME Motorist Handbook and Study Guide" (pp60-62) which is used as a textbook in Driver's Ed:
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
There are nearly 900,000 bicycles in Maine and most bicycling is done on the roadways
of Maine. As a motorist you should drive defensively around a bicyclist because the slightest
mistake by you or the bicyclist, can result in death. The biggest differences between
bicyclists and motorists as road users is that bicycles are less visible, quieter, and do not have
a protective vehicle casing around them. This means you need to look a little harder and
drive a little more cautiously when encountering bicyclists. Here are some rules to help you
share the road with bicyclists.
• Share the road with bicyclists; they have a legal right to its’ use.
• Be courteous and cautious even if it takes a little longer.
• Bicyclists should ride on the right as far as practical or safe. In some instances it is
safest for a bicyclist to “command the lane” by riding toward the center or to the left
• Bicyclists may be moving faster than you realize (experienced bicyclists can easily
travel over 30 mph) They also have smaller profiles and sometimes are not noticed in
traffic. Look carefully for bicyclists, especially before turning or opening a car door.
• Learn to recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such
as potholes, debris, and drain grates. Give them adequate space to maneuver.
• Anticipate bicyclists’ movements. Bicyclists are supposed to signal their intentions
with these hand signals.
Left Right or Right Slowing or Stopping
• Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists. You could startle them and cause
• In inclement weather, give bicyclists extra trailing and passing room, just as you
would other motorists.
• Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
• Leave at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a
• When a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride safely side by side, bicycles
should “take the travel lane,” which means riding in or near the center of the lane.
• After passing a bicyclist on your right, check over your shoulder to make sure you
have allowed adequate distance before merging back in. Remember, experienced
bicyclists may be moving at high speeds.
• When turning left at an intersection, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would
yield to oncoming motorists.
• Children or inexperienced adults on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions.
Expect the unexpected.
Bicycle Driving Recommendations
Bicyclists are vehicles and have all the rights and responsibilities of other vehicle drivers.
Although a license isn’t required to drive a bicycle on Maine’s roadways, bicycle drivers
must obey all the rules of the road. If you break any traffic laws, like riding a bike on the left
side of the road, riding at night without a head and tail light, or running a stop sign or traffic
light you are subject to fines.
Be sure to practice on your bicycle before entering traffic. Never ride in traffic above your
skill level. When riding a bicycle follow these rules:
• Regularly inspect and maintain your bicycle. Bicycles like any machine need to be
cared for to perform correctly. Be safe and keep your bike tuned up or take it to a
bicycle shop for inspection regularly (a professional inspection is recommended every
• Properly secure loads. Never hang bags or packages on your handlebars or hold
them in your arms. Secure loads on a rack, in bike bags, or on a bicycle trailer. Only
use back packs for light loads.
• Wear a helmet correctly. When worn correctly, a bicycle helmet can reduce your chances of head
injury in an accident. Only use an ANSI/Snell approved helmet designed specifically for bicycling. Once a helmet has sustained any impact it should be replaced. Helmets should also be replaced if they are five years old or older or are left in a hot car. Worn correctly, a helmet should be set just above your eyebrows and is snug on your head so that it stays in place if you shake your head. If your helmet is loose or tilted back exposing your forehead it can not adequately protect your head. All persons under 16 years of age riding on bicycles are required to wear helmets and sit on passenger seats when traversing public ways.
• Ride with traffic. Always ride on the right side of the road. Do not pass motorists on
the right side. If you approach an intersection with a right turning lane and intend to
continue straight, do not enter the right turn lane. Ride with the through traffic.
• Watch for potential road hazards. Scan the road 50 to 100 feet ahead at all times
for road hazards like drain grates, potholes, railroad tracks (cross them at right
angles), puddles (which may be hiding a pothole), or road debris. Slow down and
allow time to maneuver around these hazards and negotiate with traffic.
• Avoid opening car doors. Give yourself three or four feet of room between yourself
and parked vehicles.
• Ride in a predictable manner. Always ride straight and be predictable. Do not
weave from side to side, or suddenly move out into traffic. Be alert and plan ahead to
avoid obstacles. If the road is narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel side by side, the
bicyclist should occupy the lane until it is safe to move back to the right. Always
check over your shoulder before changing your lane position. Never weave between
• Signaling turns. As vehicle driver you must always signal your intent to turn, using
the hand signals illustrated earlier in this section. Look before you make a lane
change or turn. Make sure lanes are clear of traffic to make a lane change or turn.
• Left hand turns. You may turn left as a vehicle by moving in to the left lane or the
left side of the travel lane. Before you maneuver, look behind for traffic, signal your
turn and change lane position when clear to do so. Or, you can make a left turn in two
parts by crossing the intersection and pulling over to the side. Then, when it is safe to
do so, turn to your left and proceed across the intersection.
• Always ride with lights on if riding at night. While most bicycles are equipped
with reflectors, they are not sufficient and rely on the lights of other vehicles to work.
Always ride with head and tail lights visible from at least 500 feet away.
• Be prepared for conditions. Always carry water and appropriate clothing when
traveling by bicycle. In the rain, allow yourself extra stopping distance when you use
Actually a pretty good overview, and note that they inlcude vehiucular bicycle instruction in their *motorist* handbook. Not bad at all. Think I'll tuck a copy of this in my wallet...