FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A bike box was added to the intersection of Anthony Boulevard and Wayne Street on Tuesday. It’s intended to complement new bike lanes that will be extended on Berry and Wayne streets east to Anthony Boulevard.
A bike box is an area designated by green paint markings at the head of a traffic lane at an intersection with a traffic signal. During a red light, bicyclists gather in the green box and motorists stay behind the box.
“From our surveys of local residents, we know that downtown is the number one destination for most cyclists,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “The extended bike lanes and new bike box will improve safety for individuals biking to and from downtown and connecting to the Maumee Pathway heading east.”
According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the designated box provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of traffic when the signal is red and safely proceed through the intersection. NACTO notes the benefits of bike boxes include:
- Grouping bicyclists together so that they clear an intersection quickly and minimize impediments to other traffic.
- Increasing the visibility of bicyclists.
The bike lanes are part of the City’s Bike Fort Wayne Plan, which was adopted by City Council in 2010. The plan provides policy, program and project guidance to increase the use of bicycles as transportation in Fort Wayne. The 10-year plan covers a bikeway network that connects neighborhoods to destinations with a variety of infrastructure, legislative initiatives to expand bicycle transportation opportunities, and education and outreach to increase the number of people safely using bicycles. A copy of the plan can be found at http://www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/bike.