Box puts San Luis Obispo bikers’ safety first


Caltrans recently installed a “bike box” at Madonna Road and South Higuera Street that is intended to make the intersection safer for cyclists turning left.

The green box with a white bicycle symbol inside allows bicyclists to move in front of waiting vehicles at a red light, with the idea that it makes them more visible. Drivers must stop at the white line preceding the box.

This is the first bike box in California to be installed by Caltrans, and the third bike box in the state. It cost less than $1,600 to create, and officials say they will monitoring its efficacy to determine if more would be installed locally.

An illustrated brochure on the use of bike boxes is available at http://goo.gl/bFV2o.

— Tribune staff report