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Old 01-17-07, 02:05 PM
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Commuting Questions

So you've got the bright light up front, the flashy light in the back, some reflective tape all over, but how do you do hand signals if you're trying to make a left and the cars only notice that there is something out there on the road? How do you get the cars to notice your left arm extended?
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Originally Posted by mtuckr
So you've got the bright light up front, the flashy light in the back, some reflective tape all over, but how do you do hand signals if you're trying to make a left and the cars only notice that there is something out there on the road? How do you get the cars to notice your left arm extended?
I assume they don't notice, and only move over when there is an opening big enough for me to make my turn with out impeding the flow of traffic at all. Even if it means going up anouther block and turning back around, its better than being hit.
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Originally Posted by squegeeboo
I assume they don't notice, and only move over when there is an opening big enough for me to make my turn with out impeding the flow of traffic at all. Even if it means going up anouther block and turning back around, its better than being hit.
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Rule #1 of bike riding:

Cars are big, and they hurt!
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First YOU have to be noticed. That said if you're not wearing a
lime green safety vest then suggest you get one ASAP to get
noticed. Then the hand signals will be a moot point.
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I saw a pretty innovative approach ones: a cyclist had a white headlight on the bike rack pointed at his back. This way, he was illuminated very clearly and in particular one could see his arm movements.

If you don't want to go that route, glo-gloves or general reflective striping on gloves and sleeves helps. However, if there are cars behind you and you're trying to merge left - THEY have the right-of-way. So you only move left if you see that they're slowing down and letting you in. Same as in daytime.

In both night- and daytime I prefer to wait for gaps instead of trying to negotiate with motorists - because usually gaps are plentiful. Sometimes you need to slow down a little bit so that you don't hit the interesection before there is a gap, but the waiting times are rarely too bad.
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