Northern Virginia’s first bike box has been “installed” in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood and is located at the triangle shaped intersection where Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon meet.
photo by BlindPilot
If you are like me, you may well be asking, what IS a bike box?
According to the Portland Office of Transportation, a bike box is “is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight.
It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching and leading from the box.“
Bike boxes are installed to “prevent collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight. It’s all about visibility and awareness.
At a red light, cyclists are more visible to motorists by being in front of them. At a green light, the green bike lane through the intersection reminds motorists and cyclists to watch for each other.
Click here to see what WashCycle has to say about Alexandria’s bike box and how it’s working.
Ummmmm, looks like I may have to get out my two wheeler and give this thing a try.
Do you bike to work or on the weekends for recreation? Give me call at 703.927.4554 and let’s see about finding you a house where you can make the most of Alexandria’s bike paths.