What is a Bike Box?
The purpose of the Bike Box is to assist cyclists to turn left at intersections.
What does a Bike Box look like?
Bike Boxes are vivid green painted areas located at intersections with traffic signals.
The image above shows a Bike Box at the intersection of Oxford Street West and Sanatorium Road.
Why Does the City Paint Bike Boxes?
This designated green area significantly increases the visibility of cyclists, making drivers more aware of their presence. Bike boxes also make it easier and safer for a cyclist waiting at an intersection to make a left turn, rather than having to weave through traffic while trying to signal.
Bike boxes also help to prevent drivers from making right turns in front of cyclists approaching from behind, alleviating the “right hook” effect.
The image above shows a cyclist using a bike box along Platt’s Lane.