I was going to put this in the forum, but thought it might see more traffic here…

I recently read this article by the Globe and Mail's Peter Cheney discussing the confusion over hand signals by those of us on two wheels. I am a strong proponent of his proposal. Discuss?

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Comment by Marco Martinez on April 28, 2015 at 4:40pm

I personally think it's easier to point the way you want to go. That will work for every country in the world, no matter what side they drive on.

But what I really think MUST be done is to make mandatory for ALL drivers to pass a cycling test.

I understand that a small minority of people may not know how to ride a bike, or may have some physical limitations to do that, but those are the exception and they must prove it but they still must have theoretical tests

But hey, that's just my view

Comment by Paul van Dongen on April 29, 2015 at 10:04am

Precisely my thinking, Marco.

Comment by DRU on April 29, 2015 at 11:46am

Just to add to the discussion... As well as on the bike, I often use hand signals on the moto. I always use my left arm, the right being occupied modulating the throttle. With respect to how it translates to the bike, I only use my left arm to signal a right hand turn when I'm using (or covering) the brakes at the same time, preferring to use the rear brake than the front... 

Comment by Harris Silver on May 1, 2015 at 11:17am

I use the left for most signalling (right turn and stop/slow).  I'm shocked how many drivers don't know the hand signals, as it is (or used to be) on the driving test.  This tells me that the testing regime is inadequate.  I find it completely insane that you get tested at 16 and then never have to do any other training or testing until you are 80.  There should be regular re-training and re-testing, as the laws change as well as vehicle technology.  Personally, I think that you should need to be re-tested every 5 years, passing an online or written test, and then maybe have an actual driving exam every 7-10 years?  If you are involved in a collision and at fault, you should automatically have to do retraining and retesting.

People get so bent out of shape over the existing firearms licensing and training in this country (which is quite good and more stringent than driver licensing), however an order of magnitude more people are killed by drivers in their cars than firearms...I think we need to recognize the danger vehicles present and drivers should be trained and licensed in a more stringent manner.

Comment by Dave Ogilvie on May 2, 2015 at 7:57pm
HeyPaul- we had a debate about this at work! Yes- completely agree- more work is needed but I think it has more to do with education than anything. Left signals for drivers (and avoids endos!) and for the club- both- to ensure predicability!

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