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Learn About Bike Boxes

The first bike boxes in Louisville are now located at Spring Street at Mellwood and Story Avenue intersections. Learn more about what the green bike boxes mean for cyclists and motorist below!

What is a bike box?
The bike box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions. It is a painted green space on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. In some locations it includes a green bicycle lane approaching the box. The box creates space between motor vehicles and the crosswalk that allows bicyclists to position themselves ahead of motor vehicle traffic at an intersection

Why are bike boxes being installed?
The main goal of the bike box is to improve safety by 1- increasing awareness and visibility of cyclists; 2- helping cyclists make safer intersection crossings - especially when drivers are turning and bicyclists are going straight; 3 – encouraging cyclists to make more predictable approaches to and through an intersection; and 4 – providing space at the front of an intersection to help cyclists avoid breathing vehicle fumes.

What motorists should know
  • When the traffic signal is yellow or red, motorists must stop behind the white stop line.
  • Don't stop on top of the green bike box. Keep it clear for cyclists to use.
  • At bike box locations, right turns on red will not be permitted.
  •  When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first.
  • Motorists turning right on green should signal and watch for cyclists to the right, especially in the green bike lane in the intersection.
What bicyclists should know

  • When the traffic signal is yellow or red, enter the bike box from the approaching green bike lane.
  • Stop before the crosswalk.
  • When the light is green, proceed as normal. Be aware of right-turning motorists, especially while in the green bike lane in the intersection.

Bike Box
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Other cities, like Portland, Oregon, use the Bike Box. Check out a cool video that shows how they work here.