Time for cyclists to update signalling

Pointing to the sky no longer an effective way to signal right turn

It is absurd that cyclists are still being told that the “correct” signal for a right turn is to point to the sky.

The purpose of signalling a turn is to make it clear to others around you what you intend to do, thus making travelling on the roadways safer.

Pointing upwards with the left hand kind of made sense when sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in the days before signal lights, it being unsafe to scoot over to the passenger seat to stick one’s arm out the right window.

However, it makes no sense on a bicycle, as one can as easily extend the right arm as the left. But it does make it more obscure. Is the cyclist waving to a friend? Does she want to go up?

Let’s be clear and thus safer. Cyclists, point in the direction of your turn.

Eric Light

Victoria

 

Just Posted

Victoria post-secondary schools reveal most popular programs

Camosun College, the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University share students’ top picks

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

Greater Victoria sees crime severity index rise

Fraud cases rise 31 per cent over previous year

Time-lapse video shows weekend work on McKenzie Interchange project

Construction crews place concrete underpass bridge beams

Victoria’s Our Place Society celebrates belated 50th anniversary with block party

The 900-block of Pandora will close for a celebration on July 28

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read