LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan bicyclist are getting another way to signal a right turn.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation giving bicyclists the option of signaling a right turn by extending their right arm horizontally. Until now, they could signal a right turn with an L position by extending their left arm upward.

Snyder says the "common-sense" law will make roads safer. The old 1949 law was passed at a time most automobiles lacked turn indicators and motorist had to use hand signals.

The bill's sponsor is Republican Rep. Anthony Forlini of Macomb County's Harrison Township. Forlini says most drivers are unfamiliar with bicyclists' traditional right-hand turn gesture.

The law is the first approved by lawmakers this year to win Snyder's signature.