[at-l] Sigh, co-list

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Fri Mar 5 18:05:56 CST 2010

The hand signals originated in automobiles, which didn't have turn signals in the beginning; since the driver is on the left, one couldn't very well see signals made with the right hand. In those countries (like the U.S.) that have the steering wheel on the left, that is... 

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From: "Felix J" <AThiker at smithville.net> 
To: "at-l" <AT-L at backcountry.net> 
Sent: Friday, March 5, 2010 3:03:18 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: [at-l] Sigh, co-list 

(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 http://Felixhikes.tripod.com/ 
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