What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

A safety refresher for drivers and cyclists

What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

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.

What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

LEFT TURN

Left arm pointing straight left

 

What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

RIGHT TURN

Left arm bent at 90 degrees, fingers pointing skyward

 

What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

RIGHT TURN (ALTERNATE)

Right arm pointing straight right

 

What You Need to Know to Understand Cyclists’ Hand Signals

STOP

Left arm bent at 90 degrees, fingers pointing at the ground

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