Bike boxes

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The NY Times has an article today about the new bike boxes being installed here this spring. Considering how Portland is painted as such a bike mecca and that there were 6 cycling deaths last year, it’s about time this happened.

I’m a fair weather biker – I bike to work April through September, the rest of the year I bus it. I am a pretty cautious and safe biker (no running red lights for me) but I can’t count how many times I’ve had run-ins with motorized vehicles, whether it’s being cut off (accidentally or not) or having someone scream at me as they speed past. It can be scary out there – and having been run over by a car a few years back, I can tell you it’s something you never, never want to have happen to you. Kudos to the city for making this happen.

9 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    It’s one thing to install the boxes. It’s another thing to educate/persuade motorists and bicyclists to use them properly.

    After all, if motorists obeyed the laws as they currently exist (i.e. not cutting off bikes when turning right), we wouldn’t need these boxes.

    Just like now, when motorists turning right routinely occupy the bike lane as if it were a turn lane, I have a hard time believing they’ll obey the magic paint lines and stay out of the bike boxes.

    Still, I’m cautiously optimistic.


  2. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    I think it is important to note that the box is not only a space for bicyclists to wait at a red safely, but the main life-saver will be a HUGE reminder to motorists before they turn to look for bicyclists. I see the reminder as greater safety factor.


  3. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    I know I’ll be assailed as being anti-bike or something, but I’m just not sure about this. I do agree that we’ve had serious issues – especially this year with motorists and cyclists not paying attention to each other and terrible tragedy has occured because of it. BUT – I will absolutely pull into the bike lane to make a right turn in certain circumstances. And something like this isn’t going to change that.

    If I’m approaching an intersection where I need to turn right and there is a bike behind me that I can safely pass (and I do mean safely – I’m watching) I’ll pull into the bike lane to turn. If not, on a red, they pull up next to me, and even though cross traffic is clear and I could turn, I can’t – because of the bike. If I am in front of them I can turn and get out of their way before the light turns green.

    And before someone snips about me being impatient…why can’t I just wait…well…it’s not just about me. Yes, I get to go sooner, but so does everyone else. With me already around the corner, the bike doesn’t need to hesitate wondering if I’m going to turn in front of them when the light changes, and the cars behind me that would have to wait for the bike to go, then me to go then they can go….can just go immediately. That’s why we have right turns on red, it keeps traffic flowing.

    This just doesn’t make sense to me.


  4. PDXJer (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    I don’t see this having much of an effect either. People occupy the bike lane for turns, how will a box fix anything?


  5. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    Honestly I would like to be the “guy” supplying the paint again it was on tv I think last week they said it would cost some thing like $16,000.00 for I think 6 bike boxes as a test. Last night I was over on woodstock and 72nd I saw a bike rider that was wearing ALL DARK clothing and the little red flashing tail light that unless your right behind it you might not even notice it I feal that for bikes there should be standards for lights and clothing for cars and trucks lights need to be at least this bright but not over this bright as an example car head lights need to be at least I think 35 watts but not more that 50 watts on low and for tail lights I think it’s 5-10 watts and for the break lights it’s some thing like 35 watts max just my two bits.


  6. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    Honestly I would like to be the “guy” supplying the paint again it was on tv I think last week they said it would cost some thing like $16,000.00 for I think 6 bike boxes as a test. Last night I was over on woodstock and 72nd I saw a bike rider that was wearing ALL DARK clothing and the little red flashing tail light that unless your right behind it you might not even notice it I feal that for bikes there should be standards for lights and clothing for cars and trucks lights need to be at least this bright but not over this bright as an example car head lights need to be at least I think 35 watts but not more that 50 watts on low and for tail lights I think it’s 5-10 watts and for the break lights it’s some thing like 35 watts max just my two bits.


  7. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

    Honestly I would like to be the “guy” supplying the paint again it was on tv I think last week they said it would cost some thing like $16,000.00 for I think 6 bike boxes as a test. Last night I was over on woodstock and 72nd I saw a bike rider that was wearing ALL DARK clothing and the little red flashing tail light that unless your right behind it you might not even notice it I feal that for bikes there should be standards for lights and clothing for cars and trucks lights need to be at least this bright but not over this bright as an example car head lights need to be at least I think 35 watts but not more that 50 watts on low and for tail lights I think it’s 5-10 watts and for the break lights it’s some thing like 35 watts max just my two bits.


  8. Smashing. (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

    This is a wonderful plan…
    now lets have the folks get a special bike license and be insured when they are on there bikes just like everyone else.


  9. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

    To the powers that be or the blog gods OOPS you can remove two of the three posts that I made on 1/10/08



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