Pavement Markings and Signs

Bicycle Boxes at Intersections

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bike box?

Bike boxes are a new kind of on-street marking that help motorists and cyclists share the road.

Bike boxes are used at intersections to designate a space for cyclists to wait in front of cars at the red light, and to proceed first when the light turns green. At red lights, the drivers must stop at the stop line, behind the bike box.

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What do bike boxes mean for motorists?

Bike boxes are used at intersections to designate a space for cyclists to wait in front of cars at the red light. Cyclists may then proceed first when the light turns green. At red lights, the drivers must stop at the stop line, behind the bike box. A bike box means right hand turns on red lights are not permitted.

When turning right on a green light, the driver should remember to check for cyclists before making the turn.

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What do bike boxes mean for cyclists?

When the traffic signal is red, cyclists enter the bike box from the bike lane.

As a cyclist, you should position yourself at the right, left, or centre of the bike box, depending on the direction you want to travel. If you are turning, remember to signal. At bike box locations, drivers and cyclists are not allowed to turn right on the red light.

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Why is the City painting bike boxes on our roadways?

Bike boxes make intersections better for everybody. When bikes clear the intersection ahead of cars, they are more visible, and less likely to get stuck squeezing around a right turning vehicle, and that's more comfortable for drivers too.