The Seattle PI has a report from a briefing at this morning’s City Council transportation committee meeting where the locations for the city’s newest bike-friendly addition to the roadscape were announced:
Bike boxes are painted behind crosswalks at signalized intersections. They’re about 12 to 14 feet wide and sit in front of traffic, giving bicyclists a place pull in front of vehicles while waiting for the light. Since cars must wait behind cyclists, it increases the cyclist’s visibility and reduces the risk of the driver hooking right and striking them.
To start, SDOT will install bike boxes in the International District at Seventh Avenue South and Dearborn Street; and on Capitol Hill at South (sic) , according to Charles Bookman SDOT’s director of traffic management.
There’s no such thing as an intersection of E Pine and 12th Ave South so we’re assuming they mean the intersection that the East Precinct and the state liquor store call home.
UPDATE: Added a new and improved illustration of a bike box from flickr and left the original one from SDOT materials on the post (in shame).