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Bike Box

Bike Box

WHAT IS A BIKE BOX?

A Bike Box also known as an Advanced Stop Line or Stop Box includes two elements 1) an advanced stop line for motorists to wait behind and 2) a marked spaced for bicyclists to wait in. It is a painted green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching and leading from the box. The Bike Box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions. The Bike Box creates space before the intersection so that cyclist can cross the intersection ahead of traffic. This makes bikes more visible and predictable to approaching drivers, especially bicyclist turning right or going straight. 

WHAT MOTORISTS SHOULD KNOW
 
Motorists must yield to bicyclist. When the traffic signal is yellow or red, motorists must stop behind the white stop line behind the green bike box. Don’t stop on top of the bike box. Keep it clear for cyclists to use. No right turns on red at these intersections! When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists turning right on green should signal and watch for cyclists to the right, especially in the green bike lane in the intersection.
 
WHAT BICYCLISTS SHOULD KNOW
 
When a traffic signal is yellow or red, enter the bike box from the approaching green bike lane. Stop before the crosswalk. When the light is green, proceed as normal. Be aware of right-turning motorists, especially while in the green lane in the intersection.
 
WHY ARE BIKE BOXES BEING INSTALLED?
 
The main goal is to prevent collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight. It’s all about visibility and awareness. At a red light, cyclists are more visible to motorists by being in front of them. At a green light, the green bike lane through the intersection reminds motorists and cyclists to watch for each other.
 
BIKE BOXES INCREASE SAFETY
  • Increase safety when drivers are making right turns by allowing cyclists to move in front.
  • Increase safety by coloring the bike lane through the intersection.
  • Increase safety by reminding motorists to be alert for cyclists.

 

 

Video - Get Behind It - The Bike Box 3 Way Intersection

 

 

Sources

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Minneapolis Public Works Department.
  • City of Edmonton

 

 
 
Attachments:
Download this file (Bike-Box-Rules.pdf)Bike-Box-Rules.pdf[ ]
 

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I thought of that [Theory of Relativity] while riding my bicycle.    
—Albert Einstein
Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. 
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—Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles; The Memoirs of an Autophobe, 1973
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