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    66 70.21%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paramemetic View Post
    This is interesting as I was just reading about this today. I currently signal with my left forearm up, and then sometimes pointing with my left arm. I'm not wont to signal with my right hand because my right hand controls my front brake, and I want to have that control when signaling still.
    That's a good point. But on most bikes in the U.S., the front brake is on the left. Sheldon Brown mentioned somewhere reversing his brakes just for the issue you raise, but then other people who borrow his bike may get a dangerous surprise.

    Signaling and braking simultaneously is sometimes difficult, no doubt about it. However, in normal circumstances, it is hoped that you are not doing either of them suddenly. I'll often stick out arm briefly before returning it to the bar. In fact, in Maine, this is legally allowed for cyclists.
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    I almost never signal right turns, because there's almost never a conflict when a bike (or trike, in my case) is turning right.

    There's no _safety_ reason for signalling a right turn if you're already over on the right side of the lane, but sometimes it's a useful courtesy to oncoming/crossing traffic to let them know they have a clear road in front of you.

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    I regularly signal right turns with my right arm, especially if there is somebody behind me. Given the erratic manner in which most cyclists ride, drivers typically have no idea what I'm doing unless I tell them. After all, even riding in a right turn only lane is not a strong indicator that a cyclist will be turning right, given how many continue straight across the intersection from the right turn only lane.

    Also, having been an avid rearview mirror user for several years now, I've gotten quite good at "reading" drivers behind me. By signaling my intent to turn right, it's clear to me that it often helps them, probably by alleviating the mystery about what the heck the cyclist in front of them is doing. It's part of being predictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head View Post
    Given the erratic manner in which most cyclists ride, drivers typically have no idea what I'm doing unless I tell them.
    We can't all be as perfect as you.
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    I have always hoisted my left arm to signal a right turn and will likely continue just because it is a habit even though giving the right some exercise makes sense. I most always signal -- a combination of habit, being predictable, and staying away from a bad old habit of giving up a too-narrow-for-passing lane and hugging tight right before turning.
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