Toronto considers "bike boxes"

This summer Toronto Council will consider installing "bike boxes" at cycling-heavy intersections around the city.

These bike boxes are street markings that allow cyclists to pull ahead of cars stopped at red lights, essentially giving cyclists a head start when the light turns green. Right-on-red restrictions would be implemented along with the bike boxes, allowing cyclists to make safer right turns. (Click here for a visual.)

The sometimes-anarchic junction at College and Spadina has been identified as a possible intersection for one of the proposed bike boxes. According to the Globe and Mail, the latest city data (2006) shows the intersection being used by 2,000 cyclists during an eight-hour period. "With an intersection like that, it doesn't take longer than 30 seconds to get into bad situation," said Toronto Cyclists Union executive director Yvonne Bambrick.

The bike boxes proposal is part of the new 2010 Toronto Cycling Map.

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