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Two more bike boxes spring up

Posted by on April 1st, 2008 at 3:07 pm

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New bike box on SW Madison at 3rd.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland has installed two more green bike boxes and painted bike lanes; including the first one on the west side of the river.

Today, crews finished a bike box and new painted bike lane at SE 11th and Hawthorne, just a few blocks east of the first bike box they installed last week.

They also installed a bike box, and are nearly done with a new painted bike lane on SW Madison at 3rd (they still have to finish the green bike lane through the intersection).

While taking these photos at SW Madison, I ran into PDOT’s bike box project manager Rich Newlands. He noted that it will be interesting to see how people respond to a bike box at such a highly visible location (3rd and Madison is just one block away from City Hall). In the short time I was there, every car complied with the new rules.

For the many bike commuters whose route takes them from downtown Portland to Southeast, they’ll now enjoy three bike boxes on their way home. Here are a few more photos…

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Madison and 3rd.
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Madison and 3rd.
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Hawthorne and 11th.
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Hawthorne and 11th.

For more on bike boxes, see my Special Coverage Page.

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  • Icarus Falling April 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    This intersection at SW 3rd and Madison is the site of some of Tri Met\’s most repeated atrocities towards cyclists and pedestrians. I can only imagine what will go on in this bike box, regarding buses.

    Is there going to be a police sting here, targeting Tri Met driver\’s, as there should have been ages ago?

    Is there anyway to request one?

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  • DJ Hurricane April 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Yeah, it will be really interesting to see if the Tri-Met drivers actually start respecting cyclists\’ rights at SW 3rd & Madison because of the bike boxes. If so, that would be pretty awesome.

    Potter\’s probably against this \”excessive spending,\” LOL.

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  • nobleviola April 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I haven\’t noticed many cyclists using the actual \”box\” part of the bike box – and I don\’t blame them. Anyone have experience with near misses inside the box (as opposed to the curbside bike lane part of the box)?

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  • Scott Mizée April 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I\’d much rather be out in the \”box\” than on the curb. I often do this even if there isn\’t a glowing field of green road surface around me. Frankly, I don\’t understand why the detractors to these boxes are so worried about people using them?

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  • mark April 1, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    yeah I always pull over to the left to be in the middle of the lane at a stop. I\’d much rather get going and then move over a little when it\’s safe to let cars pass, but I have noticed at least in photos, it seems a lot of people are sticking to the curb. I guess as long as cars are still behind the line it\’s cool. I\’m wondering how many motorists are going to use it as an excuse to be even ruder with people on bikes. pissed off that we\’re getting more rights than they think we\’re worth.

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  • Tbird April 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Scott,
    Haters are haters no matter what.
    Viva la boxes!

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  • John Russell April 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I was very pleased to find these boxes on my ride to the April Fool\’s Day ride for Sheldon Brown. I got to use two of them today. I was quite excited when I was surprised by the one on Madison; so much so, in fact, that I yelled out a triumphant \’Bike Box!\’

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  • John Beaston April 2, 2008 at 8:18 am

    And these are grammatically correct Bike Boxes. From Jonathan\’s pictures, they are \”WAIT HERE\”, not \”WAIT-HERE\”. It seems the lettering is quite a bit smaller however.

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  • foote April 2, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I\’m curious about the tri-met situation as well. How are buses supposed to access the bus stop at that corner? I can\’t imagine that they\’re supposed to cut through the green lane. Did they move the bus stop?

    I\’ll have to ride through and check it out.

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  • bus stop April 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I think the bus stop is another block or two down the street (closer to the bridget) that you are thinking of. The bike box is on the block that sits between the two parks. I\’m really excited for this box, as this light has always had a lot of right turning cars..

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  • Toby April 4, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I wonder if there\’s a list somewhere of intersections that will be getting bike boxes. So far the choices seem fairly arbitrary to me. SW 3rd and Madison seems like the most useful one so far, but putting two on lower Hawthorne doesn\’t make much sense. Especially when the real hell of the SE 7th intersection is finding a way to turn left onto 7th heading north.

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  • suburbanite May 9, 2008 at 10:48 am

    On my commute yesterday I saw signs at the intersection of Terwillger and Taylor\’s Ferry announcing that new bike boxes were coming to that intersection…

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