Signals

Here are some useful hand signals to be aware of, signals pointed out from the front should be passed down the line so cyclists behind you also know what’s happening up front.

 

You are approaching a pothole or other hazard in in the road, this can be on the left or the right side
“Hazard in the road” you are approaching a pothole or other hazard in in the road, this can be on the left or the right side. Don’t assume the cyclists behind you can see this, copy the signal in front and pass it down the line. A shout of hole or gravel will suffice just as well.

 

stop
“STOPPING” I am stopping or the riders in front are stopping so slow down with the assumption you are about to stop!

 

Signal to turn, can be a left or righthand signal depending on which way the cyclist in front is about to turn
“Turning” signal to turn, can be a left or right hand signal depending on which way the cyclist in front is about to turn.

 

Slowing down, there is something ahead and for safety you should slow down now!
“Slowing down” there is something ahead and for safety you should slow down now!

 

pullingout
“Move out to the right” There is an obstacle ahead on the left hand side so the cyclist in front is about to pull out to right, probably wise that you do the same thing and indicate the same to the cyclists behind you.

 

doingacookie
“Doing a cookie” no one really knows what this means but I think it’s some kind of attention getter which proceeds the signal……. 

 

givemeabreak
“Give me a break” I’ve been dragging you lot for a while now and I’ve had enough up front, do not ask if there is anything wrong with the cyclists arm or elbow, he just wants you to pass him!