Advanced Hand Signals for Cyclists

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Hand Signals for Cyclists

Florida Keys chef Edwin Hammond Meredith leads a healthy and active lifestyle. He enjoys staying in shape through a variety of outdoor activities and aspires to compete in his recent hobby of stand up paddleboarding. Edwin Hammond Meredith also spends time cycling, an activity that requires knowledge of safety practices and signals.

Most cyclists learn the hand signals for left turn, right turn, and stop or slow down during their first days on the road. However, there are a number of advanced signals that can help riders maintain safety and communication while riding alone or in cycling groups.

One of the most important advanced signals involves notifying other riders of debris or some other obstacle in the roadway. To notify fellow cyclists of a road hazard, riders must simply extend their left or right arm below waist level and point to the hazard. By spreading one’s fingers apart, one can specify that the debris is sand or loose gravel. Similarly, riders can point to one another’s tires to indicate low air or a flat.

Other signals are reserved for larger groups of cyclists. For example, if a group leader holds up one or two fingers above their head while riding, he or she is signaling for the rest of the group to file into single or double lines, respectively. Additional advanced group hand signals include tapping one’s lower back to indicate a fellow cyclist should pay attention to the road and using the left elbow to signal other riders to take your place at the head of the group.


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