Get Behind It!
Three New Bike Boxes to be Installed This Week
May 20, 2014
Motorists will have twice as many opportunities to get behind it this week as the City of Tallahassee installs three new bike boxes. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, the City will begin installing these bright green boxes along the eastbound and westbound approaches of Call and Bronough streets and at the westbound approach of Macomb St. To educate motorists about these new cycling-friendly traffic amenities, the City will conduct on-street outreach on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at the intersections featuring the new bike boxes.
"When the City began to install bike boxes in 2012, we were among the first cities in the state of Florida to do so," said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the Long Range Planning Target Issue Committee. "Installing such life-saving amenities is a good example of how we work to make Tallahassee's roads safe for all users."
The purpose of a bike box is to create a safe location for cyclists at intersections, reducing bike and vehicle collisions. When installed, the bike box is highly visible. It exists between the white stop bar and the pedestrian crosswalk and is made up of a green box with a white bicycle symbol. Additionally, a portion of the existing bike lane leading up to the intersection is painted green with the same bicycle symbol; this is to alert motorists that they are approaching an intersection with a bike box. To learn more about bike boxes, please watch the City's How Do I? video.
Statistical data from progressive, cycling friendly communities, like Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, show that bike boxes reduce the number of collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight or turning right, better known as "right hook" collisions.
Two years ago, the City installed its first bike box at the intersection of Call St. and Stadium Dr. This location, as well as the newest bike box locations, was selected in conjunction with the joint City-County Bicycling Workgroup. Last year, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) named Tallahassee as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
During bike box installation, which will take place overnight, Call St. will be closed from Duval St. to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in both directions. The intersection of Macomb and Bronough streets will be closed at this time, as well. Signs will clearly mark detours, which will take motorists to Tennessee St. All road closures should be resolved by the following morning.
The Bike Box program is coordinated by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and City of Tallahassee Public Works Department. For more information on bike boxes, please visit Talgov.com.
Megan Doherty, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, 891-6400; or Misi Tuttle, Communications Department, 891-8533