Tag: Cyclists

Important Hand Signals for Cyclists

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Hand Signals
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Joe Matejka has served as the president of Custom Fundraising Solutions in Westlake, Ohio, since he founded the organization in 2005. In his free time, Joe Matejka enjoys leading a healthy, active lifestyle and is especially fond of weight training and cycling.

For any person interested in cycling as a means of transportation or exercise, learning to effectively use hand signals is an important process. Turn and stop signals are the most frequently used hand signals for cyclists.

A left-hand turn signal is the most straightforward, requiring a cyclist to simply raise his or her left arm horizontally and point in the direction of the turn. While a right turn signal can be made in the same way with the right hand, a cyclist can opt to raise his or her left hand and bend at the elbow so that the fingers are pointing skyward.

To signal a stop or deceleration, cyclists should place a hand behind them and make a fist at the small of their back. Riders stopping to avoid an obstacle in the road should first signal the obstruction by extending an arm and pointing in the direction of the obstacle. Moving an arm in a circular motion to highlight the obstacle is helpful.


Basic Safety Tips Cyclists Should Know When Out on the Road

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Safety Tips Cyclists
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Joe Matejka is the founder and president of Ohio-based Custom Fundraising Solutions, a firm that facilitates mattress fundraisers for schools, churches, sports teams, and other nonprofit organizations. Outside of his work with Custom Fundraising Solutions, Joe Metejka enjoys the pursuit of physically active hobbies like weight training and bicycling.

As bicycling becomes a more common option for regular transportation among adults in the United States, it is more important than ever that cyclists remember several crucial rules to keep themselves safe on the road. To begin, any adult who rides a bicycle on the road should first make sure that the bike itself meets safety standards for optimal control and road-readiness. A rider should always make sure that a bike is the correct size and the seat is at the right height for his or her body. Prior to a ride, a cyclist should always check to make sure that tires are optimally inflated and brakes are functional.

Another important rule for basic safety is to keep in mind that a bike should be treated like any other vehicle. Cyclists should always obey traffic laws, and ride on the side of the road when possible in order to provide other vehicles with the ability to pass. Any person who uses a bicycle on the road should also familiarize himself or herself with basic hand signals to indicate his or her intents while cycling.