New sign went up yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus)
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) turned on an illuminated bicycle sign on NE Couch at Grand Avenue. As we reported last month, the intention of the sign is to reduce the risk of right-hooks at an intersection where several injury collisions have taken place.
A bike box has already been installed at the intersection, but collisions have continued. The problem is that, even though there's no right turn on red allowed, that law — and the presence of the colored bike box and lane — don't work as effectively to deter right-hooks during green lights. This sign is an attempt to address that issue.
The new sign was turned on yesterday and it's the first of its kind in Portland. I observed it in action as people streamed down Couch during this morning's rush hour. (more...)