How to use a Bike Box
The NYC DOT has been quietly rolling out dozens of bike boxes all over Gotham. (*Update: Official number is 60!) It's really quite remarkable. But since the majority of riders seem not to know what they are or how to use them just yet, StreetFilms thought this would be a fun way to educate cyclists to love and cherish the Bike Box.
*Addendum: Apparently so few New Yorkers know about bike boxes that even the New York Times screwed up in an article about Portland, Oregon installing new bike boxes!
"...the boxes, believed to be the first such to be put to use by any city in the country, will make cyclists even safer and more comfortable on the street, biking advocates and transportation officials say."
They should really check in with StreetFilms more often.
*AND we now have a sequel: Green Bike Box!
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [0:02] 1: Bike box. Bike box. Bike box. Bike box. Bike box. No, it's not that. What are bike boxes? Bike boxes are also known as advanced stop lines. [0:19] Demonstrated in our lovely "before" diagram, you can see how if you had to make a right turn from a standard bike lane, you'd be competing with traffic. Now look at the magical "after" transformation. The stop bar for cars has been moved back a few feet and that space is afforded to cyclists. This gives you a head start. How cool.
[0:39] In the last year or so, tons of these bike boxes have been popping up all over New York City, but a lot of people don't know what to make of them. So how do you use it? Let me show you how to do it. It's so simple even a purple Zozo could do it. Bike box.
[0:55] As you approach the bike box at the end of your bike lane, and you're at the red light and you need to make a right-hand turn, you just come over and then you see the bike box. So here I am. The car is properly stopped at the stop bar. I'm on the bike logo, in the bike box, waiting for the light to turn green. There it goes. I go right into the intersection, and I make my right onto 6th Avenue.
[1:18] When I use a bike box, I feel just super that the city is showing me some bike love. So the next time you see a bike box, use it. It's for you. Bike box. Bike box.