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  • Signal for stopping?

    The National Standard makes provision for a discretionary signal before stopping...

    Where the road is very narrow and overtaking is difficult they should
    slow down gradually, where possible having first made eye contact
    with any close following driver/rider and signal if appropriate.

    However, what that signal should be seems to be a grey area - the methods I've come across are:

    1. Highway Code / Tales of the Road style 'flappy arm'
      2.Full Left Signal
      3.Left&Down signal (point at kerb)
      4.No signal at all - concentrate on eye contact with following driver/rider

    During recent SUD training, lorry drivers told us that they appreciated seeing a stop signal from cyclists, but it would be better if it was standardised. So, can this grey area in the National Standard be resolved?

    My personal preference is for the left & down signal which seems to be established within groups I ride with, but I'm sure there will be other opinions and practices elsewhere!


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