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PBOT adds warnings to bike lane on SW Madison

Monday, January 7th, 2013
Changes at SW Madison 3rd-6
The new warnings have
been painted in the bike lane.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Bureau of Transportation has completed installation of new signage and pavement markings on SW Madison where a woman was killed in May of last year.

In the bike lane on SW Madison between 3rd and 4th, PBOT has added white hash marks followed by the words, "SLOW LOOK FOR RIGHT TURNS." In addition to those markings, new turn warning signs (directed at people driving cars) have been added (see photos below).

The changes were announced back in October after PBOT revealed that crash statistics showed an unexpectedly higher rate of right-hook collisions at four intersections where bike boxes had been installed. Given the rise in collisions, coupled with a detailed investigation from the District Attorney's office about what led up to the fatal collision that claimed the life of Kathryn Rickson, PBOT determined that changes were necessary.
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