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Old 02-28-08, 07:20 PM   #1
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Don't cyclists signal anymore?

Am I just a curmudgeon, or what? I typically signal my turning intentions with an arm pointing where I'm about to go. I've noticed that few cyclists around here bother to signal. It is so uncool to signal? By the way, I use my right arm to signal a right turn, as opposed to the old bent left arm which people used to use in their automobiles way back when, since their right arm wouldn't stick out the window.

You folks signal?
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Signal?? Most cyclists around here can't even be bothered to stop, ride with traffic, use lights, etc, etc, etc. (end of rant) Not to sound high and mighty or whatever, but I as a rule do all of the above. It may not be the cool thing to do, but "better Fred than dead".

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I always signal unless I'm absolutely took a good long look over my shoulder sure no one's around. Actually, even then....ya start getting selective you might make the wrong selection at the wrong time.

Definitely right arm for right turn....I assume most drivers would think I was waving at somebody if I did the left arm in the air thing. Well, the 10% who actually noticed I'd done anything would assume that.

Then again I have to admit to not really noticing what other cyclists are doing. So there.
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Yeah, I signal. Right arm for right turns too. I also point out road debris, potholes and other dangers to anyone riding behind me.

I'm curious, no joke, what's the difference between a pothole and a chuckhole?
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Chuckhole x Pothole = Pie.hole
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I sit up straight so I can be seen better and signal with the arm on the side I am turning. I wondered about the left arm bent signal but I think the right arm straight out is more visible. I haven't really noticed what other cyclists do. Oh, and I never heard of a chuck hole. Maybe from the old days when there might be a wood chuck hole in a dirt road, but I don't know what a wood chuck is either.
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I've noticed that few cyclists around here bother to signal.
They signal. It's just not a signal that you see listed in the driver's license manual.
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They signal. It's just not a signal that you see listed in the driver's license manual.
Care to elaborate?
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I wave. Drivers who are polite and smile and leave a comfortable amount of space when they pass get a full five finger wave. Some get less.
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Ah, I should have guessed, it's kind of a colloquialism.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pothole
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As often as I can. Much less than I did in California. The reason being that the roads are narrow, potholed and hilly. Avoiding getting run over and maintaining control come first and if I have time, I signal.

I take pride in a nice well excuted signal. I use the driver's manual signals. That's what motorists expect. It's also easier to do all signals with a single arm. Less thinking needed.
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They signal. It's just not a signal that you see listed in the driver's license manual.
I've pretty much given up using that signal. These days it could cost me my life.
It was fun while it lasted.
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You're right. I revised my answer.
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You're right. I revised my answer.
Ah! Now I get it. Sometimes I can be a little slow...
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Cyclists are just following the examples of motorists... around here you'd think turn signals were an expensive option... they are used so infrequently.
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Am I just a curmudgeon, or what?
It's not an either/or proposition. You are both a "curmudgeon" and a "what."
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I signaled right turns with my left hand, but the drivers I was approaching thought I was telling them to move back. I signal with my right turns with my right arm now and there does not seem to be the same confusion. No one seems to know what the "L" signal means anymore.
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If there is somebody to signal for, I do signal. Put either arm out and kind of wave hand only. Think that may attract more attention. Just me doing my part to be seen and understood where I'm going as opposed to being run over. The PA Bikers manual does say using right arm for right turn is quite acceptable. It's also an obvious signal, I doubt most drivers today have a clue what the old, for auto only, right turn signal is. Heck most don't seem to know what the turn signal lever is for.
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["Signal?? Most cyclists around here can't even be bothered to stop, ride with traffic, use lights, etc, etc, etc. (end of rant) Not to sound high and mighty or whatever, but I as a rule do all of the above. It may not be the cool thing to do, but "better Fred than dead".

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I signal, check over my shoulder, make eye contact - whatever it takes- I want everyone to know what I am about to do!

(My pet peeve is bikers riding the wrong way down narrow one way streets.)
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. Oh, and I never heard of a chuck hole. Maybe from the old days when there might be a wood chuck hole in a dirt road, but I don't know what a wood chuck is either.
Right. In Indiana, holes in the surface of the roadway are all made by woodchucks (who are trying to avoid being run over by cyclists), except we call them groundhogs. So, you might hear a grizzled Hoosier ask "Do you think Bobby Knight will come back to IU, and how about those groundhog holes on State Road 144?"
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I signal most of the time. I only use my left hand for signaling. Mostly because of habit.

I also have a reflective band over my left-hand glove so my signal can be seen at night.
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The peace sign hand signal.Hows that for a retro-geezer hand signal?
We all used it back in the day.
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As often as I can. Much less than I did in California. The reason being that the roads are narrow, potholed and hilly. Avoiding getting run over and maintaining control come first and if I have time, I signal.

I take pride in a nice well excuted signal. I use the driver's manual signals. That's what motorists expect. It's also easier to do all signals with a single arm. Less thinking needed.

Colorado passed a law a couple of years ago.

Signalling a right turn with your right hand pointing is now the legal way for a bicyclist to signal a right turn.
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I signal if there's someone in the vicinity to see it. I use right arm for right turn signal.

I like the idea of the reflective band over the glove for signaling after dark. I wear reflective bands around my ankles after dark.

Pothole... hole in pavement about the size of an old timey pot. Chuckhole... hole in the pavement about the size of the chuck wagon
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