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noun, verb

A maneuver where a cyclist turns right.

Example usage: I had to make a right-turn at the intersection.

Most used in: Urban areas with heavy traffic.

Most used by: Commuters and recreational cyclists.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Right Hook, Turn Right, Bear Right, Sweeping Right,

What Is a Right-Turn in Cycling?

A right-turn in cycling is a maneuver in which the cyclist turns to the right while riding. This can be done on roads, trails, or any other surface where cycling is allowed. Right-turns are a necessary part of safe cycling, as they allow cyclists to avoid hazards and stay on the right side of the road.

Right-turns are typically done by shifting the cyclist's weight to the left, and then leaning the bicycle to the right. This allows the cyclist to turn the handlebars sharply and safely to the right. It is important for cyclists to be aware of their surroundings and the traffic flow when making a right-turn to ensure their safety.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that cyclist fatalities in the United States have steadily increased over the past decade. Making sure to correctly and safely execute a right-turn is one way cyclists can protect themselves and reduce the chances of an accident.


The Origin of the Term 'Right-Turn' in Cycling

The term 'right-turn' has been used in cycling since at least the mid-19th century. The earliest known use of the word in this context is thought to have originated in the United States around the late 1800s. The term was used to describe a cyclist turning right in order to avoid an obstacle or to make a sharp corner.

The phrase 'right-turn' was first recorded in the cycling magazines of the time, and was adopted by cyclists to indicate that they were turning right. It was also used in the early days of bicycle racing, where cyclists would use it to signal to other riders that they were about to turn right. The term has continued to be used in cycling ever since, and is now a common phrase used by cyclists around the world.

So the next time you're out on the road, remember the origin of the term 'right-turn' and give a shout out to the cyclists of the past who first used it.

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