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Questions tagged [signals]

How road users communicate with each other: hand gestures, flashing lights, horns and bells. Not traffic signs that tell you what to do or where to go, nor markings on the road surface itself.

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Is using hand signals a legal requirement in the UK?

I am just starting to cycle on the road and I'm wondering if cyclists are legally required to use hand signals or if they are optional (i.e. recommended but you won't get into trouble if you don't use ...
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Coded gesture for “I am looking for a place to stop”

When going downhill on mountain roads with no dedicated cycle path, it happens quite often that the cyclist becomes the head of a train of vehicles, as the winding road does not allow an easy and safe ...
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I read that “training is needed” before your voice can replace a horn. Why might this be?

In a discussion about very-loud bicycle horns, alex wrote that he uses his voice. He added that it works well and is always ready to use. And then he added: "And, yes, training is needed." If I ...
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How to indicate you are going straight?

I live in a country where people drives on the right. Say I am riding my bike like this: - main road vvvv vvvv - narrow path vvvv vv \ \ | | \ \ |* | &...
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Hand signal before braking: a thing?

In this question I have seen a number of answers/comments mentioning hand signals to notify traffic/cyclists behind you ahead of braking. I have never seen anything similar in Europe (at least where ...
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How to thank motorists?

Often motorist do something that makes me wish they had stayed at home, but they also frequently do nice things too. Like slowing down to let me in to the lane, or making sure that they overtake with ...
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Turn signal lights for bikes

I am interested in buying turn signal lights for bicycles. I read something about here and in other websites, but I did not find answers for the following questions: For the point of view of a driver,...
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Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?

I am going to start commuting on my bike, but I often use busy roads that are not cycle friendly and cyclists are not often noticed. I need a horn to be noticed. (and to vent my anger without losing ...
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Why is the front brake always on the left? [duplicate]

You often signal on a bike like you signal a car, with your left hand. This lets most people keep their good hand on the handle for steering. Some of my friends, though, signal with their right hand ...
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What are some alternatives to fruitlessly ringing my bell at a motorist?

I doubt that motor-vehicle drivers can hear the "ding" sound that a bicycle bell makes. What are some better alternatives?
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What is the hand gesture for “I'm sorry”?

I usually signal "turn left" and "turn right" and "pass me by, take point". However, there is one more situation that happens to me often and I do not know a widely accepted gesture to convey my ...
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How to nonverbaly signal a drafting proposition to fellow cyclist?

There are situations when words cannot be used, e.g. during heavy wind or when someone is out of breath. Is there an universal hand signal to communicate a proposition of a chain gang behavior to ...
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Cycling traffic signs and rules in Germany

I'm over 30 and have just started cycling in real traffic, my first experience, as I have only ever ridden as a child in parks and such. I live in a university town in the state of Baden-Württemberg ...
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What does a flashing yellow arrow traffic signal mean?

While bike commuting in an urban setting, I've started noticing that some intersections have flashing yellow turn signals during part of the light cycle. What does this mean? If I am on my bike in the ...
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How do hand signals vary between countries?

There are several conventions on how to signal properly The simple method (straight left arm = left, straight right arm = right) This answer on SE depicts a left-arm-only way of signalling (straight ...
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Should I ring my bell before going around corners?

I'm in a town in Bavaria, Germany and the local custom with the more dangerous corners is to honk a horn or ring a bell. Will this actually make me safer? Currently I am cycling in a half-urban ...
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What is the common “vocabulary” for the captain and stoker to communicate?

My wife and I recently rented a tandem for a day. I found that, because everything needs to be communicated -- starting, stopping, changes in cadence, shifting (which might cause changes in cadence), ...
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Hand signaling while decelerating

I'm nervous about hand signalling (taking a hand off the handle bar) while I'm decelerating: I'm worried that my body being pushed forward will act on the one remaining hand and change the angle of ...
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How can I be visible in the dark when I'm signalling a turn?

My bike and I are fairly visible at night--white light in front, red light in the back, bright yellow fenders, reflective tabs and a light on my helmet. I use hand signals to alert motorists when I'm ...
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What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the UK?

see also "What are the accepted hand signals for cyclists in the US?"
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What hand signals work best for cyclists in the US?

I am looking for some guidance on what hand signals and strategies to keep me alive on the roads.