What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals
A safety refresher for drivers and cyclists
If you don’t understand what a cyclist means when they stick out their left arm and point toward the sky, don’t worry—some biking hand signals aren’t the most intuitive. Here’s a quick primer on what all that waving means.
Left arm pointing straight left
Left arm bent at 90 degrees, fingers pointing skyward
RIGHT TURN (ALTERNATE)
Right arm pointing straight right
Left arm bent at 90 degrees, fingers pointing at the ground
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Image credit: Arthur Mount