On the heels of the bike box on Pine at 12th comes a pair of green boxes on Madison headed in each direction at 12th. Maybe box is the wrong word … they’re definitely more like trapezoids.
Unlike on Pine, Madison does not have bike lanes. So really, these “bike boxes” really just function like good old advanced stop lines filled-in with green and some bikes. But that’s great. Bikes on Madison will be more visible, riders in the bike lanes on 12th will be safe from right-turning vehicles from Madison to 12th.
The boxes will also be useful to cyclists continuing on Union, which has bike lanes. This intersection is large and slightly unusual (like many of Madison’s intersections), so anything that helps improve visibility for bikes (and pedestrians) will be a great improvement.
While on the topic of bike boxes, much airtime (particularly on shock jock talk radio) has been spent spewing all kinds of hatred at these things lately. But every biker I have talked to who has used them LOVES them. And I’m sure as soon as a driver realizes that this just means they have to stop a few feet further from the crosswalk and that they can’t go right on red (like so many other intersections in this city), they will cease being angry about them. Then the shock jocks will find another reason to rant about bikes and needing bike registration, blah, blah, blah.