“Bike boxes” come to IC streets
Bike boxes have come to Iowa City streets.
The boxes, which are painted on the street, create a buffer for bicycles between the crosswalk and oncoming traffic. When the traffic signal is red, drivers of motor vehicles must stop behind the bike box (at the stop bar) and remain there until the traffic signal changes to green. Turning on red will be prohibited.
On Friday, Iowa City workers painted bike boxes on Dodge Street at the intersection with Jefferson Street, on Jefferson Street at the intersection with Dodge Street, and on Governor Street at the intersection with Market Street.
Appropriate signage will be posted this week. The Iowa City Bike Library plans to release an instructional video as well.