On November 3rd, the City of Eau Claire painted the first bike boxes in the city on Keith Street at Brackett Avenue.
What is a bike box?
A bike box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions. It is a painted green space on the road with a white bicycle symbol(s) inside that designates a space between the crosswalk and the stop line for bicyclists at the signalized intersection. Both the north and south approaches to Brackett Avenue on Keith Street will include a green bicycle lane approaching the box.
What motorists should know about a bike box:
When approaching the traffic signal, watch for bicycles entering the bike lane or commanding the travel lane.
When the traffic signal is yellow or red, motorists must stop behind the white stop line. At the Keith Street bike box locations, right turns on red are not permitted.
When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists turning right on green should signal and watch for cyclists to the right.
What bicyclists should know about a bike box:
If the signal is green on approach, and you are turning right, maintain your position in the right turn lane and travel through the intersection as normal. If you are going through or left, enter into the bike lane, signal your movement, and continue with your movement.
When approaching the traffic signal, watch for motorists if you enter into the bike lane.
When the light is red or turning red, position yourself according to the direction you are intending to go.
Turning left: Move to the left of the bike box and signal that you’re turning left.
Going through: Position yourself in front of the through lane.
Turning right: Move close to the right edge of the roadway and signal that you’re turning right. Right turns on red at the Keith Street bike box locations are not permitted.