Bike boxes will make cyclists more visible on Second Street
2009-12-29 · By Editor
Want to test out the latest innovative bike safety treatment in Long Beach?
Head over to Second Street at Bayshore or Second Street at Marina Drive to test out the first Long Beach bicycle boxes. Bicycle boxes are an increasingly common type of bicycle safety treatment and can be found in bike-friendly cities such as Portland, Oregon and even Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bike boxes are an intersection improvement designed to improve safety by increasing cyclist visibility in order to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight. The bike box itself is a striped green box painted on the end of the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes bicycle lanes approaching the box. Cyclists stop in the green bike box to be more visible while they wait for the signal.
What should motorists know about the Bike Box?
When the traffic signal is red, motorists must stop behind the green bike box. Do not stop on top of or in the bike box. Keep it clear for cyclists to use, just as you would a crosswalk for pedestrians. When the signal 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 bike lane.
What should Long Beach cyclists know about the Bike Box?
When the traffic signal is red, cyclists enter the green bike box from the approaching bike lane. Cyclists stop before the crosswalk. When the signal turns green, cyclists proceed as normal. Cyclists should be aware of right-turning motorists, especially in the intersection.
So, why bike boxes? 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, it reminds motorists and cyclists to watch for each other.
For more information and to access a fact sheet on bicycle boxes, please visit www.bikelongbeach.org or contact Charles Gandy, Long Beach’s Mobility Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.