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After adding bike lanes, city transportation planners have gone a step further to create a safer biking environment. The new tool is called a bike box.
If you drive down Ford Street and Mt. Hope Avenue, you’ll quickly notice a giant green box near the intersection. The box itself is an extension of the bike lane that allows bicyclists to reposition themselves in front of vehicles while they are at a stoplight. “It leaves a space for bikes and a lot of cars will crowd into areas where I can’t really maneuver around them,” said Esteban Buz, a UR graduate student. “If I’m trying to get over, this little green stretch gives me just enough space to get through cars so I can get into the right place if I want to turn right or left.”
Two bike boxes can be found at the Ford Street and Mt. Hope Avenue Intersection, as well West Main Street and University Avenue. A third box that does not have the green paint will soon be finished near South Goodman Street and Monroe Avenue. The city intends to see how successful the boxes are in lessening accidents, and making biking travels easier for cyclists. It chose the three intersections because there was already maintenance work being done there. And these intersections were viewed as potentially confusing or dangerous for cyclists, according to city Transportation Specialist Erik Frisch. “If it’s something that’s going to help the bikers, the drivers just have to be a little bit more patient,” said Stacy Astudillo who works near Ford Street.