Cycling signals

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Cycling signals

Postby Kraeg » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:01 am

Is there a list of signals that cyclists use towards each other?

My main reason for asking, apart from it being handy to know, is that the other day I noticed a cyclist on a road bike in my rear view mirror who was catching up to me, but seemed to be holding back and not passing me. I'm assuming he realised I'd seen him in my mirror (he did pass me), but I was wondering if there's a signal to indicate to a cyclist approaching from behind that you're aware of them (and won't swerve right or whatever). All I can think of is a head-over-shoulder check and hold it for a couple of seconds... but I assume some sort of hand signal would be safer and more definite.

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Re: Cycling signals

Postby Percrime » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:06 pm

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Re: Cycling signals

Postby Downhill » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:41 am

It depends what you want him to do. If you want him to overtake, move left, keep a straight line, and wave him through with your right hand. The hand gestures are basically the same as what you see traffic police using.

Body language and road position is just as important as gesturing. Effective communication is usually a combination of all three.

Here's a few common signals (the polite kind that won't get you knocked off your bike):
"Move forward": use a small, circular, beckoning motion with the right hand.
"Hold back": push your open palm back towards them.
"Slow Down": as above but push downwards, and repeat several times slowly.
"Hazard": point downwards towards the hazard.

And a few of the less common ones:
"Magpie Attack": Pull you head in and flail your hands around while wobbling all over the place.
"Clipstack": Lie on your on back and wave your bike in the air
"Dangerous Curves Ahead": Hmmm, I'll let you figure that one out... :mrgreen:
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Re: Cycling signals

Postby il padrone » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:19 am

An unusual one I've seen on Beach Rd - but valuable to understand:

Left arm pointing right, behind back - moving right to pass parked car
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