Correct hand signals while cycling. (One you didn't know and likely won't be able to use.)

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So great!  We'll need to

So great!  We'll need to include this as mandatory skills training on all SIG's.

'Cept of course, not the NYCC President!


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In practice, how prevalent is

In practice, how prevalent is the "turning right" signal as shown? It's unintuitive and I've never actually seen it being used. Far more common is employing the mirror image of the "turning left" signal (i.e., right arm/hand extended straight out) when one wishes to turn right.

The lady being referenced lost her job, by the way.

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It is actually pretty standard
  1. Arm extended straight out - Turning in the direction of arm used
  2. Arm bent 90 degrees and pointing upwards - Turning in the opposite direction of arm used
  3. Arm bent 90 degrees and pointing downwards - Stopping

This was part of driver's ed in India. I don't know if anyone actually used them, but I assume it was just a remnant of the period when cars didn't have turn signals and no one bothered to remove it from the curriculum. Oh, and we used the right hand instead of the left because the driver's seat is on the right.

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The right turn signal mattered years ago

When I first got the rieght to drive a car most cars did not have air conditioning. The signal for a right turn was as Richard described, left hand out the window and raised. Also many cars still did not have turn signls.

 these days most cars have AC and are drivenwith th window shut. All modern cars have turn signals so there is no need for hand signls and most following drivers have no clue what the signals mean.

Sticking out one's left or right arm to sigal a turn makes more sense on a bicycle.

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Legality of "point right to signal right" varies by state

In New York (state or city) it is certainly fine to do this. In New Jersey too. Connecticut it seems it's technically illegal. Massachusetts law seems unclear on the point. Vermont says yes, accepted form of signaling; Delaware too. That covers everywhere I've cycled in the northeast. :)  Yes, oddly, I have cycled in Delaware but not Pennsylvania, not yet.

Okay in California too, Washington state, and British Columbia. That covers the left-coast cycling I've done.

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I was thinking the Blue States would allow the entire set of signals. Any roblems in Vermont should be referred to Bernie. Texas could be a problem, but I would probably not ride there anyway. Alabama risky as well.



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hand signals

As cyclists, the Rules of the Velominati take precedence over the more "pedestrian" rule making authority of government institutions:

  1. Rule #63//
    Point in the direction you’re turning.

    Signal a left turn by pointing your left arm to the left. To signal a right turn, simply point with your right arm to the right. This one is, presumably, mostly for Americans: that right-turn signal that Americans are taught to make with your left arm elbow-out and your forearm pointing upwards was developed for motor-vehicles prior to the invention of the electric turn signal since it was rather difficult to reach from the driver-side all the way out the passenger-side window to signal a right turn. On a bicycle, however, we don’t have this limitation and it is actually quite easy to point your right arm in the direction you are turning. The American right-turn signal just makes you look like you’re waving “hello” to traffic.



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