Beginner Hand Signals for Cyclists

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Hand Signals
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John Heintz is the former assistant superintendent of operations and chief legal officer with Niles Township High School District 219 in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois. Now a cofounder and senior legal consultant with Lydian, Inc., in Chicago, John Heintz spends his free time staying in shape through cycling.

The three primary signals for cyclists are the left turn signal, the right turn signal, and the deceleration or stop signal. To signal a left turn, riders must fully extend their left arm and point in the direction of the turn. A right turn, meanwhile, is indicated by raising the left arm and bending the elbow to make a 90-degree angle with the fingers pointing up. Cyclists can also signal a right turn by extending their right arm.

As riders prepare to slow their bike or come to a complete stop, they should signal this move to other cyclists and car drivers by extending their left arm and bending the elbow to form a 90-degree angle with their fingers pointing down. Individuals can further signal their intentions to fellow riders by pointing to the spot on the road where they plan to come to a full rest. Over time, riders should expand their knowledge of road signals by learning how to notify other riders of a road hazard, a hazard on the shoulder, loose gravel, or debris on the road and how to signal for another cyclist to move over.

2016 Conference on Learning to be Held in Schaumburg, Illinois

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Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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John Heintz co-founded Chicago, Illinois’ Lydian, Inc. in 2013 and has worked as a senior legal consultant there since. He has also previously served as chief legal officer and assistant superintendent of operations for Niles Township High School District 219 located in Niles, Illinois. To help remain up-to-date within the field of education, Chicago’s John Heintz maintains membership with several professional organizations, including the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IL ASCD).

Formed in 1943, the IL ASCD has more than 2,000 members statewide and consists of principals, department heads, teachers, superintendents, university personnel, and other types of administrators. It offers members leadership workshops and programs that focus on increasing the quality of teaching and learning.

One event sponsored by the IL ASCD is the Conference on Learning & Expo, which is scheduled for October 26-27, 2016 at Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus. Opening keynote speaker Mike Schmoker will discuss “Teaching and Leading with Focus,” and the closing speaker, Jonathan Fanning, will address “Creative Leadership.” In addition to the speakers, the conference features 25 breakout sessions, and attendees can gain as many as 10 professional development hours.