Bicycles As Transport: Communication

This episode of Bicycles As Transport discusses communication.




Signals are used to indicate to others what we intend to do (HTA 142). There are 3 signals to know:


  1. Left turn
    Extend left arm and hand straight outward
  2. Right turn
    Extend right arm and hand straight outward
  3. Stop/Slow Down
    extend left arm out, bend the elbow at 90 degrees, forearm pointed down with hand extended


Body Language

Body language can offer guidance and context regarding our intended actions. Being “assertive” means being decisive and firm, and avoiding ambiguity. Stopping with feet firmly planted on the ground is an example of clearly communicating “I have stopped here”. Placing a foot on a pedal suggests an indication that you intend to start moving again.


Signalling Sequence

  • Shoulder check, in direction you want to move to, to see that way is clear
  • Signal in the same direction
  • Final shoulder check to ensure way is still clear before maneuvering

Check before slowing down or stopping also.

Rule of thumb: Check of the shoulder of the arm you’ll be signalling with.


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