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Speaking of right hand turns...(2 posts)

Speaking of right hand turns...jtolleson
Aug 2, 2001 8:45 AM
There are a whole generation of drivers who never learned to drive on a car with no turn signals, and who probably only heard ONCE in elementary school about the left-arm-bend-at-elbow-hand-pointed-upward method of signaling a right turn.

Everytime I see a cyclist rely on this as a method of signaling a right turn, I want to say "are you out of your mind?"

Bikes ain't cars. Your right arm isn't blocked from view by glass, metal, and seat backs. Why not point right when you're going right and point left when you are going left? It won't be mistaken by anyone. Okay, it might be mistaken by oblivious boneheads, but at least won't cause the same confusion as pointing to God and expecting folks to anticipate a rightward swing of the bike.

I'm sure this soapbox moment is apropos of nothing, but I wanted to get it off my chest.

re: Speaking of right hand turns...Scott B
Aug 2, 2001 9:33 AM
In fact, it was in New York in the last year or two, I believe, that using the right arm to signal a right turn for bikers became "officially recognized" under the motor vehicle code. Just makes sense.