Bike boxes’ aim to keep cyclists safe
Saturday, October 11, 2008
BY TIM DOULIN
Part of one of the most popular Columbus routes for bicyclists is being upgraded to include pavement markings at a key intersection that will help bikes avoid collisions with turning vehicles.
The so-called “bike boxes,” pavement markings in the shape of a box, are to be installed next year on Milton Avenue on both sides of the intersection at W. North Broadway.
When the traffic signal is red, bicyclists will be allowed to ride past stopped vehicles on Milton to wait in the box at the head of the line until the light changes.
“The bike box gives bicyclists the right of way at the intersection,” said Mary Carran Webster, Columbus assistant public service director.
Sensors will be installed in the pavement to detect when a bike is there and trip the traffic signal. Currently, bicyclists use a pedestrian push button to change the signal.