Training

Cycling Hand Signals

Stay safe when group cycling on the roads by using these five important hand signals, kindly provided by British Cycling.

1 STOP
Hand straight up in air. Group is stopping for a junction, puncture or because there is an obstruction in the road.

2 SLOW
Move one hand as if gently patting an invisible dog. Group is slowing down or just easing things back a bit.

3 OBSTRUCTION
Waving/pointing behind back indicates that there is an obstruction such as a parked car or pedestrian and that the whole group needs to move in the direction indicated to avoid it.

4 TURN
Left or right hand extended out to side. Direction of turn/change in direction coming up.

5 BELOW
Pointing down at road sometimes with a circling motion to obstruction on road such as a pothole or drain cover that needs to be avoided. Be sensible with this one and only point out major obstacles. This signal is often accompanied with a call of “below”.