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Bike safety with Chuck Gillis

Bike safety with Chuck Gillis

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Print + Digital: $5.99/month The other weekend while riding my bike through the beautiful backroads of Chatham, I had the unfortunate encounter not once, not twice, but three near hits by vehicles. In general, cyclist’s safety can be a toss-up, even when the proper steps are taken. Here’s a few things to get both drivers and cyclists on the same page.

Turn Signals: Yes, even cyclists can utilize turn signals. There are two directions you’ll find out in the wild, left and right — all are done by the left arm. For a left turn, properly extend your left arm out towards the left side of the road, indicating your intent to turn that direction by pointing. For a right turn, it’s proper to keep the upper left arm horizontal while extending your forearm and finger upwards. Both turn signals require 100 feet of pre-indication — notifying drivers and other vehicles with ample time to react/slow down.

Stopping: This will again be using the left hand to indicate; to do so, keep your upper arm horizontal with your forearm and hand pointed downward. It’s pretty simple, but can be forgotten or missed if a driver of a vehicle is not paying attention. For this you’ll want to indicate 100 feet in advance in order to allow vehicles ample […]

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