Patrick , use universal hand gestures common to human beings standing in
person next to each other , no one understands "bike signals" these dayze.
Think "talking with my hands". It's gotta be demonstrative, with emotion
.... none of us are machines, period.
Point left with the left hand, right with the right. To gesture slow down,
turn your body in the direction of the driver(eye contact if you can) and
give a gesture like you're pushing a wall (palm out, fingers extended), and
hold it briefly.... like you're telling them to "back off".
If I "take a lane" with a car behind me, I make a gesture like a emphatic
"hammer slam down" with a pointed finger downward to the lane, and I MEAN
IT. "Here I am, this is mine now, back off" .
On Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:53:06 PM UTC-5, Deacon Patrick wrote:
> Google ate my attempted response, so here goes again. Sorry if this double
> posts later.
> Bruce said: “If there's no room to be passed, I signal that and take the
> lane. Once there is room I move over and wave them around. It works for
> Sweet! I attempt much the same thing, but with mixed results. Could you
> help me understand what “not safe to pass” signal you use? I find that
> 2/3rds of drivers either ignore it or are ignorant of the meaning it. One
> driver told me “I don’t speak bike.” I wanted to ask if he spoke common
> sense, but common sense prevented me from asking. Shrug. Grin. I use the
> “slow” signal: left arm straight out, forearm bent down 90˚, palm open,
> facing backwards. Sometimes I’ll swing my palm back and forth to try and
> get their attention if they are not slowing down and it’s not clear.
> I never cease to be amazed by how often drivers pass when they can’t see
> if it is clear ahead. Also, I never signal for cars to pass me. Too much
> “but he said it was OK!” excuse for failure to be smart. Instead, I just
> smile and wave.
> With abandon,
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