What are the bicycle hand signals and when should I use them?


Cyclists’ turn signals are required under Ohio Revised Code §4511.40 as follows:

  • left turn – left arm extended to the left
  • right turn – hand and arm extended upward at elbow
  • stop – arm down to the rear

A cyclist does not have to continuously signal. Once is often enough. You do not have to jeopardize your own safety and balance by continuously signaling.

Attorney & Cyclist Kenneth Knabe: Protecting Cleveland’s Cyclists through injury representation, sponsorships, publishing, lecturing and Vision Zero safety legislation. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200

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