[at-l] Sigh, co-list

Felix J AThiker at smithville.net
Fri Mar 5 14:03:18 CST 2010

(this from kay k. harvey)

I'm not sure  where the convention started, or if it has any bearing on 
modern traffic laws, but my assumption is that lefthanded signals are 
used for two reasons:

a)      If you're riding on the right side of the road, you left hand 
may be more visible to traffic, which is to the left of you;
b)      Your right hand, the one still controlling the bike, uses the 
REAR brake, which is MUCH safer than using the front brake only, if you 
have to stop quickly.

That second point is the one that crops up most frequently in my 
commuting -- I'm almost always on the brake at some point during the 
turn when I am signaling.


Ke Kaahawe

Felix J. McGillicuddy
ME-->GA '98
"Your Move"
ALT '03 KT '03

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