Q: How do I make bicycle turn signals?

Posted On: February 11th, 2016

A: Bicycle turn signals are made with specific arm signals.

The left turn is one of the most basic bike safety hand signals. Remove your left hand from the left handlebar grip and extend it out to your side until it’s parallel with the ground. Maintain control of the handlebars with your right hand. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends turning your head to make sure you have a clear path before executing the turn.

The right turn has two different signaling options. The conventional right turn signal is done with your left arm. Extend your left hand out to your side until it’s parallel with the ground, then bend your elbow to create a 90-degree angle. Point your left hand vertically to complete the safety signal. The other option uses your right arm. Extend your right arm horizontally from your side to signal a right turn.

When preparing to stop or decrease speed, the bicyclist should extend the left hand and arm downward.

Bicycle turn signals from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Bicycle turn signals from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration



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