Signaling

When riding a bike on the road or trail, one of the most important things you can do to avoid a crash is to be predictable. Motorists share their intentions with turn signals and brake lights. You can communicate the same information with hand signals.

Signal

Communicating your intentions is key to preventing crashes on the street or on the trail.  Click the picture to learn more.

If you’re not used to using hand signals on your bicycle, it may feel kind of hokey at first. However, consider your comfort as a driver to an erratic/unpredictable bicyclist in the road vs. a bicyclist who is clearly communicating her intentions. Communication and predictability are key to pleasant coexistence with drivers. Check out this short video to learn more:

Veteran Tip: The “typical” right turn signal in the bottom left corner of this picture is a hold-over from when automobiles didn’t have turn signals. Drivers had to use their left arm for all signals because their right arms were not visible inside the vehicle. Cars have had turn signals for a long time and some drivers may not understand this “typical” right turn signal. Consider using the “Alternate Right Turn” signal instead; pointing to the direction you intend to travel is more intuitive and better understood by road users around you.