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West Main Street Intersections Going Green For Bicycle Safety

Post Date:02/04/2020 1:05 PM
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Amanda Poncy
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
434-970-3720
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2020

West Main Street Intersections Going Green For Bicycle Safety

Charlottesville is “greening” West Main Street’s intersection with Jefferson Park Avenue and Ridge-McIntire new pavement markings for people riding bicycles.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville is “greening” the intersection of West Main Street’s intersection with Jefferson Park Avenue and Ridge-McIntire with pavement markings to make these busy intersections safer and more convenient for bicyclists. The new pavement markings will be installed during the week of February 4.

The green pavement markings will provide greater visibility for bicyclists via designated “bicycle only” waiting areas to facilitate left turns onto Jefferson Park Avenue and clarify east and westbound travel on West Main Street.

“Navigating intersections is among the more challenging and uncomfortable maneuvers for people riding bicycles and the uncertainty about the bicyclists positioning often creates confusion for drivers,” said Amanda Poncy, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “The new markings will clarify travel patterns and will provide designated waiting areas ahead of traffic when the light is red.”

USING THE BIKE BOXES

  • To use the advance bike boxes, people riding bicycles should stop in the bike box when the traffic signal is red.
  • People driving must wait at the stop line behind the bike box and not block the box.
  • People riding bicycles should remain in the bike box until the light turns green.
  • When the light turns green, people driving and riding bicycles may move through the intersection as usual, with people on bikes going first.
  • Drivers turning right on green should signal and watch for cyclists to the right, especially in the green bike lane leading up to the intersection.
  • Bicyclists should use extreme caution and watch for right-turning vehicles.
  • Both drivers and bicyclists must obey all posted “stop here on red” and “no turn on red” signs.

For more information about how all road users should use these and other bicycle and pedestrian treatments, please visit www.charlottesville.org/safestreets.

 View Bike Box Map Here

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