Friday, January 11, 2008
New street marking designed for rider safety
Portland, Ore., is again taking the lead in a civic effort for bicycle safety. In the next several months, several important intersections will be marked with "bike boxes" telling drivers to stay back from an intersection just enough so a bicyclist can move in front of the car while waiting for the signal to change. This should prevent the kind of "right hook" accidents that killed two cyclists in Portland last year -- where a cyclist in a bike lane is hit by a motorist making a right turn. Details are in the New York Times.