I’m really looking forward to my sadly short visit to Portland in couple of weeks and this is one of the reason’s why. As a regular bike commuter in Edmonton the bike boxes intrigue me. The difficulty with bike lanes is always at the intersections and this seems to solve the confusion problem between bikes and cars.
(Photo by BikePortland.org)
The bike box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight. It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching and leading from the box.