Portland (Green) Bike Box!
At just about any public gathering I go these days, there's usually at least one person who will come up and give me an enthusiastic "Bike Box!", based upon our earlier, popular Streetfilm. In my heart I hoped there would one day be a sequel to Bike Box, and it all came together last week while in Portland at the World Car-free Conference. Earlier this year, Portland's Office of Transportation installed many high visibility bike boxes that are filled in lime green to help cyclist avoid right hook collisions. (Note: NYC now has a few green ones as well.)
What we were unprepared for was being stopped by random cyclists who wanted to lend their collective "Bike Box!" exclamations. So watch and see all the fun improv as it flows. Do you have Bike Boxes in your city? Want to be creative? Then upload a YouTube video and tag it "streetfilms" and we will feature it in our sidebar!
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:01] Hey folks, it’s time again, bike box.
All: [00:04] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:06] Bike box. Green bike box.
All: [00:08] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:09] I’m in Portland, Oregon, where they’ve filled in their bike boxes the delicious colour of Kermit green.
Speaker: [00:16] Bike box.
Speaker: [00:17] Bike box.
Speaker: [00:18] Hey, bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:19] We love bike boxes here in Portland. As you can see, bike boxes help people get right through the intersection.
Speaker: [00:25] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:26] Bike box is also known as what?
All: [00:28] Advance stop lines.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:31] Thanks guys. The bike boxes are designed to make the cyclists more visible to drivers. At red lights, just scoot on over in the box, you’ll be at the pole position and ready for the green. Drivers will know you are there.
Speaker: [00:42] Bike box.
Speaker: [00:43] Bike box.
Speaker: [00:44] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:45] The bike boxes here in Portland were deployed with a nifty marketing campaign telling drivers to get behind it.
Speaker: [00:51] Get behind the box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [00:52] Thank you. And just in case drivers need a reminder, it says Wait Here. Bike box. Bike box. Green bike box. And so in every bike box video you have to demonstrate, and here I come right here into the bike box, I slide on over, I’m going to be going straight through this intersection, so I’m going to wait right here till the driver sees me. We’re getting ready. I’m in the pole position and go. And here I go, right on the green line. And I always wave.
Speaker: [01:19] Bike box.
Speaker: [01:21] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [01:22] Hey, what’d we just ride through?
All: [01:24] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [01:25] Bike box.
Speaker: [01:26] To bike box or not to bike box, that’s the real question.
All: [01:30] Bike box.
Clarence Eckerson Jr.: [01:41] Bike box.