Cycling Communicationby Norm Minnick, VP Communication
If you are new to the club, you might have noticed people riding their bikes yelling rock, gravel, hole, car back, etc. These people are trying to help those around them keep from having a flat or a crash. Make sure others know what you are dodging or whats coming that could be a danger. Car left and car right may have saved a good many people from getting hit. It may sound strange at first after riding alone to hear yourself yelling slowing or stopping, but since you dont have brake lights, it keeps people behind you from being on top of you.
Correct hand signals not only let other bikers know where youre going, but cars, too. And how about correct hand signals? I know the bike community has adopted using both hands, but drivers dont know that. I agree with LBC member Brian Shelley who said If you are turning right and using your right hand for a signal, how do I know youre not pointing out a dog, or some pretty flowers? Shouldnt the correct hand signal be given with the left hand?
Lets communicate on our bikes. It helps, believe me.
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Web posted: 17 August 1999
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