Hand Turn Signals for Bicyclists
HAND SIGNALS CYCLISTS SHOULD USE WHEN RIDING ON ROADWAYS
Posted by Lisa Caterbone
February 28, 2017
Do you know the proper way to signal when riding in traffic?
This is something we would teach in our Bike 101 classes. Knowing how to properly interact with vehicle traffic is necessary for you to stay as safe as possible while riding. Our roadways are dangerous enough, but without giving automobiles the visual commands of where you want to go on the road, something horrible can happen! Take a look at this video of a cyclist in Singapore who actually gets hit by a cab. There’s a few things I’ll discuss once you take a look.
OK… let’s talk about this video:
- It’s in Singapore so I am not sure why he’s riding in a center lane of traffic.
- He’s giving an alternate right turn signal. This is acceptable by law. (See turn signals illustration below).
- This is the kicker here…. HE’S NOT LOOKING BACK!!! He just puts his hand out to say to the vehicles ‘hey, I’m moving over’… but he DOES NOT LOOK BACK!
Moral of the story is: No matter what, you must always look back (behind) you when you are trying to move across lanes on a road. By not looking back, he actually got hit by a taxi.
Side note: The video did not give the condition of the rider. I hope he is OK and on the mend, as this was a pretty bad hit.
PROPER TURN SIGNAL ILLUSTRATION
Here are the proper ways to signal vehicle traffic around you. And, of course, always make sure you also look all directions before making a turn.