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    Traffic calming signal

    In a recent discussion with my new neighbour who happens to be an "avid" cyclist, she informed me of something I've never heard of or even seen before.

    She mentioned a technique that she uses to "calm" traffic is to wave your left arm (assuming you are in the right lane) up and down in a slow motion, as if mimicking a floating motion.

    This doesn't make sense to me on several levels and I don't mean to be condescending, but I find this to be the equivalent of a person who walks across a crosswalk with their arm extended and pointing the entire way (fairly rare but I've seen this on more than a few occasions.)

    I would love to get any input.
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    That doesn't sound too useful, the too-fast drivers will be by before they notice it, or just be pissed off. Reminds me of some cyclists I was following in a car on a windy notch road, the guy was "micromanaging" the drivers, hand-signalling stop, and wait while taking the lane to prevent passing... it was a little overboard, I felt like, I can tell when it is safe to pass, stop telling me what to do, and I am probably among the most bike-friendly of drivers.

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    I`m with MtbX on that. If I were driving, it would piss me off.

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    at this point on my old commute I usually did whatever it takes to take the full lane to avoid an incident at the exit.. it also helped me to not stop at it...

    usually was a signal with my left hand "hey I'm taking the lane!!" at the green line
    other than that I'm with xplorer too...if it really isn't necessary for my safety I just follow the rules and do nothing else.

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    (and there it goes my mtbr forum time for today! ...I have to practically redo all I did yesterday thanks to "good managing decision" )

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    Can work well depends on the driver of course.....if you appear wobbly, and a new biker..lots of people will give you more of a break.

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    Where I live, in Sweden, it is an official policeman's sign.


    "Slow down"
    When it's 20 below freezing and the snow lays 10 inches deep, bicycle commuting kind of sucks.

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    Never heard of that, seems distracting.

    Of course if you want to be safer in traffic this study suggests that the safest way is to wear a female wig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    Never heard of that, seems distracting.

    Of course if you want to be safer in traffic this study suggests that the safest way is to wear a female wig.
    http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/articles/...ing110906.html
    Yup it is distracting...generally if drivers see something that isn't normal they will look closely and slow down....

    Perfect.

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    That seems like it is signaling a left turn.

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    Left turn? With his right hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    Of course if you want to be safer in traffic this study suggests that the safest way is to wear a female wig.
    http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/articles/...ing110906.html
    Hmmm... About two months ago in the Commuter News thread there was a link to an article about a UK study concerning why women were involved in MORE cycling accidents than men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Left turn? With his right hand?
    When you don't quote someone's post one can assume they are referencing the OP or the post immediately preceding. The preceding post is not a logical reference and the OP states left hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker View Post
    When you don't quote someone's post one can assume they are referencing the OP or the post immediately preceding.
    Sorry. I guess I was fixated on the traffic cop.

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