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Bicycle Boulevards and Bike Boxes: Get Behind Them!

The City of Gainesville is implementing two types of bicycle infrastructure treatments in 2014-15.  These design treatments are used nationwide to increase bicycle visibility and the safety of all roadway users.  Learn more by watching a video featuring the 2014 ribbon cutting for the first bicycle boulevard and read below to learn more about the treatments and how to use them!


 

Bicycle Boulevards

A bicycle boulevard is a roadway designated as a shared corridor for vehicles and bicyclists.  Specific features such as unique signage, pavement markings, and low vehicular speed limits are used to improve the environment for bicyclists.  Bicycle boulevards can provide alternative routes to corridors that have limited or no bicycle infrastructure and heavy vehicular traffic.  The first Bicycle Boulevard is W 12th Street from SW 8th Avenue north to NW 19th Lane and 13th Street.  Implementation of the second bicycle boulevard along N 3rd/2nd Ave is underway. The project extends from NW 21st Street to NE 7thStreet and will be installed in phases. 

Features of a Bicycle Boulevard
Special signage Shared lane markings or "Sharrows" Bike lane markings Video detection at traffic signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special signage: Bicycle boulevards in Gainesville will be designated by special roadway signage.  

Shared Lane Marking or "Sharrow": According to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a Shared Lane Marking is used to: (1) Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist's impacting the open door of a parked vehicle, (2) Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane, (3) Alert road users of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way, (4) Encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists, and (5) Reduce the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.  Sharrows will be implemented along bicycle boulevards where a bike lane is not present.

Bike lane markings: Where bike lanes are present, retroreflective bike lane markings with green panels will be used to increase visibility of the bike lane.  

Video detection: Cameras will be used to activate signals for bicyclists queued at intersections along the boulevard.

Additional information on bike boulevards is available at http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/bicycle-boulevards/

Bike Boxes

A bike box is a high visibility area dedicated to cyclists at intersections to reduce conflicts with motorists. The bike box makes cyclists more visible, increasing driver awareness, and providing a staging area for cyclists to have a head start at the intersection, especially when turning. Bike boxes are equipped with a bike detection system that will activate the signal when bikes are present, enhancing mobility. Bike boxes also improve safety of pedestrians by reducing vehicular encroachment on the crosswalk.

The City installed the first bike box at the westbound approach of SW 2nd Avenue at SW 13th Street.

How to use a bike box:
IF THE LIGHT IS GREEN: Motorists and cyclists approaching the intersection proceed as normal. Cyclists turning left should move into the left turn lane. Cyclists turning right proceed from the right side of the bike box.
IF THE LIGHT IS YELLOW OR RED: Motorists should stop behind the bike box, at the stop line as indicated by the pavement markings “WAIT HERE”. Cyclists should enter the bike box and position themselves according to the desired travel path (i.e., if turning left, position on the left side of the box)
WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN: Cyclists in the bike box proceed through the intersection first, followed by motorists. 

 

Learn more about how to use a bike box by watching this video or by visiting the NACTO site.

 

Rules of the Road:

Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Information & Resources

Streets Smarts

Bike/Ped Law Guide

G.P.D. Crosswalk
Safety Info.

FDOT Crosswalk
Safety Info.

F.B.A. Cycling Savvy Info. Tips

NOTICE: The above links may direct to an outside website.

Roundabout Safety:

 

*See Roundabout Safety videos below

Videos:  

PEDESTRIAN

BICYCLE

TRANSIT

LOCAL MEETINGS

Aging Pedestrian Safety (FDOT)

 Alert Today Alive Tomorrow (FDOT)

SMART CYCLING Safety (L.A.B)

Bicycles on Transit (Gainesville RTS)

 Bicycles on Transit (Portland, Maine)

Bike-Transit Safety (Chicago TA & DOT)

City of Gainesville

 Alachua County

NOTICE: The above links may direct to an outside website.      

ROUNDABOUTS 

DISTRACTED DRIVING 

Bike/Peds. in Roundabouts (WSDOT)

What is a Roundabout? (WSDOT)

How to use a Roundabout (WSDOT)

Roundabout Safety (WSDOT)

Rounabout Benefits (WSDOT)

Modern Roundabouts (FHWA)

"It Can Wait" Texting & Driving PSA(AT&T)

Distracted Driving Campaign
(CareMore/Jacskonville, FL.) 

NOTICE: The above links may direct to an outside website.

Last updated 11/2/2016 D.T.B.