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Basic Hand Signals for Cyclists
Move right hand signal
Move your left hand across your back towards the right.

Basic Hand Signals for Cyclists

Being visible and predictable are key to riding safely as we share the road with other modes of transport. While drivers are able to use brake and signal lights to warn other road users of their next move, our simple bicycles come with an obvious limitation. Informing our fellow cyclists and the drivers around us of our next move is a smart way to maintain the harmony we desire.

These hand signals are almost universal and can be used here in the Philippines or abroad. Try them out on your next ride and share this article with your friends so they too could be more safe on the road.

Turning left

Turning left cycling hand signal
Indicates that you are about to turn left. Point to the left at least 10 meters away from your turn.

Turning right

Turning right cycling hand signal
Indicates that you are about to turn right. Point to the right at least 10 meters away from your turn.

Slow down

Slowing down cycling hand signal
Indicates that there is an oncoming hazard or obstruction that requires you to slow down. Gesture with open palms towards the ground, as if you’re patting a dog on the head. 

Stop

Stopping cycling hand signal
Indicates that you are about to stop. Raise a clenched fist.

Gravel

Gravel cycling hand signal
Indicates that there is gravel on the road that presents a hazard. Gesture with open palms towards the ground, and wave your hand at the area where there is gravel.

Pothole

Pothole cycling hand signal
Point at the pothole

Move to the left

Move left cycling hand signal
Warns the cyclist behind you to move to the left to avoid an obstruction. Move your right hand across your back towards the left.

Move to the right

Move right cycling hand signal
Warns the cyclist behind you to move to the right to avoid an obstruction. Move your left hand across your back towards the right.

Go ahead

Go ahead cycling hand signal
Fan your hand forward to signal a fellow cyclist or driver to go ahead.

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