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  • How to Use Hand Signals on a Bicycle. Bicycles don't come with turn signals and brake lights.

  • Fortunately, there's already a universal language for indicating turns and stops on a bike.

  • You will need Helmet Left arm and bike. Step 1. Learn how to signal a left turn. About

  • 50 yards before the turn, take your left hand off the handlebars and extend it to the left,

  • perpendicular to your body. These signals apply to countries where motorists and cyclists

  • drive on the right side of the road. For countries that use the left side of the road, check

  • with local cycling organizations or Step 2. Hold your hand open and point it in

  • the direction you're turning. Keeping your arm extended, start riding from the right

  • shoulder of the street to the left side of the lane. Once you reach the intersection,

  • turn left. Don't assume that cars behind you have noticed your hand signal. Always glance

  • backwards quickly before you initiate your turn to check for traffic. Step 3. Know how

  • to signal a right turn. About 25 yards before you turn right, raise your left hand with

  • the elbow bent 90 degrees, your hand pointing skyward, and your left arm forming an "L."

  • Check for traffic before entering the intersection to turn. It's also acceptable to extend your

  • right arm perpendicular to your body to signal a right turn. Step 4. Learn the signal for

  • a stop. About 50 yards before you come to a stop, raise your left elbow until it is

  • perpendicular to your body. Point your fingers down to the pavement, palm facing the traffic

  • or riders behind you, so your arm forms a reverse "7." Hold this position until you

  • come to a stop. Step 5. Know the signal for a group of riders. If you are riding with

  • a group behind you, signal drivers in front of you by raising your left hand straight

  • above your head, palm forward. Did you know Drivers and motorcyclists whose turn signals

  • and brake lights aren't working can also use the same signals.

How to Use Hand Signals on a Bicycle. Bicycles don't come with turn signals and brake lights.

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