Comment 102800

By kdslote (registered) | Posted June 23, 2014 at 13:59:40 in reply to Comment 102795

From the City's website (a little outdated given the design of the new bike boxes, but the function is described):

Bike Box

A bike box is used at intersections to designate a space, in front of cars, for turning cyclists to queue at a red traffic signal. This special area is marked with bike stencils and is in front of the stop bar. Hamilton identifies bike boxes with the standard design of white bike stencils, but note that some municipalities (not Hamilton) use green asphalt to further identify bike boxes. A bike box minimizes confusion between turning cyclists and auto traffic. The most common use of a bike box is to assist left-turning cyclists, but they have other unique applications such as for right-turning cyclists on one-way streets.

Cyclists – when the traffic signal is red, use the bike box to move to the far side of the street to facilitate your turn onto the cross street.

Motorists – the stop bar defines where you are to stop when the signal is red. If turns are permitted “on red” at the intersection, you may advance into the bike box to make a turn if the bike box is not occupied by a cyclist.

The first bike-box in Hamilton was installed on Studholme Road at Aberdeen Avenue in 2011.

Hunter Street in downtown Hamilton is scheduled to have bi-directional bike lanes installed in early 2014 on the south side of the street. The design includes a series of bike boxes at the signalized intersections of Walnut St, Bay St, Caroline St, Hess St, and Queen St so westbound cyclists can more easily make right turns.

The City of Guelph has created an informative video to explain how both bicycles and automobiles are to operate at bike boxes.

Comment edited by kdslote on 2014-06-23 14:03:51

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