How to use a bike box: for cyclists and drivers

How to use a bike box: for cyclists and drivers


Hi, I’m Nancy. I’m here with my friends to show you how Guelph’s new bike box can make an intersection safer for drivers and cyclists. Intersections can be tricky placed for drivers and cyclists to share the road, and cycle safe. Drivers should always watch for cyclists at an intersection, especially when turning right. Drivers should signal and make sure the bike lane is clear before turning. Cyclists should follow the same rules as drivers: signal turns and watch for other vehicles. This is a bike box. It’s designed to make intersections safer for both drivers and cyclists. Here’s how it works. When the light is green, cars and bikes move through the intersection as usual, sharing the road. Drivers should check to see that the bike lane is clear before turning right. When the light is amber or red, drivers stop behind the bike box where it says, “Wait here.” Cyclists move into the bike box where it’s easier for drivers to see them. Cyclists turning left should move to the left of the bike box. Then, when the light turns green, cyclists move through the intersection first, in front of drivers. Drivers turning right on a red light should signal and check to see that the bike lane on the right is clear before making the turn. And that’s it. Now you know how bike boxes work to make intersections safer for drivers and cyclists. Thanks for watching, and be sure to share this video with your friends. Together we can make it easier and safer to go by bike. Get more safe cycling tips, and the Guelph cycling map at guelph.ca/bike.

About the Author: Michael Flood

3 Comments

  1. So you are inviting the cyclist turning left to come in front of the cars, but is oncoming traffic expected to yield to the cyclist as well? If not, then the cyclist will be holding up traffic throughout the green light as they wait to turn left. Can you please clarify?

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