Get Behind the Bike Box
September 13, 2012
The City has unveiled Edmonton’s first bike box. Located at the intersection of 116 Street and 87 Avenue, the green square with a white bike symbol designates a space for cyclists and allows them to clear the intersection ahead of cars.
“Bike boxes make intersections better for everyone,” says Transportation engineer Andrew Siggelkow. “It allows drivers and cyclists to act predictably at intersections and be aware of one another, helping them share the road.”
Putting cyclists ahead of cars at intersections means greater visibility, so cyclists are less likely to be sideswiped or cut-off. They are also less likely to get stuck trying to get around a right-turning vehicle, so conditions are more comfortable for drivers, too.
The City has launched an education campaign around the bike box, including an instructional video available online. This is another step in meeting the City’s goal of increasing Edmonton’s bicycle infrastructure and encouraging Edmontonians to consider cycling as a transportation alternative.
For more information or to view a video on using a bike box, go to www.edmonton.ca/bikebox.
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