Green lanes are coming to Boulder

If the Stones were to perform at Folsom Field today would they change their lyrics to say. "I see a black road and I want it painted Green". OK, so that wasn't funny but green lanes are being experimented with in Boulder as assumed earlier this week. Full details from on this are in the Boulder Daily this week.

From the Daily Camera

The city transportation department applied the initial bright green treatments -- which cost around $2,300 a piece -- at the intersections of Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard, and Folsom and Pearl Street. The Safe Streets Boulder study, released by the city in February, found these two intersections had some of the highest rates of vehicle collisions with bikes and pedestrians in the city.

Between January 2008 and October 2011, the two locations had a combined 17 collisions, according to the study.

In these two locations, Cowern said drivers turning right often don't see a cyclist in the bike lane next to them and end up "hooking" in front of a cyclist, who must try to avoid hitting or being struck by the moving vehicle.

"The hope is that the bike lanes give the driver that added clue to watch for bikes, to look in the rearview mirror and make sure they're not cutting one off," Cowern said.

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The lanes do hold a purpose different than boxes

I want to apologize for my "afraid" comment in the Daily Camera, it was used out of ignorance. Once the city provides information to the media on these new bike lanes we will all understand why they choose this path and not a full bike box as we got word from someone in the know that these new lanes are different from boxes. We are waiting information from the experts to share the difference of the two. Either way, movement in the right direction from my perspective.


City of Fort Collins provides some insight

Joe Olson (Traffic Operations) recently completed an analysis of the Bike Box at Plum and Shields. His team determined that the crash data changed very little. Thus, there was no empirical improvement or detriment as a result of the Bike Box. On the other hand, anecdotal evidence suggests that putting cyclists in this high-visibility position improves safety for all users because motorists are more likely to think about cyclists when they are navigating this intersection and others. FC Bikes is working with Traffic Operations to determine which intersections need improvements for cyclists. Improvements may include signal actuation, lane striping, Shared Lane Markings, Bike Boxes, etc.

Just before this Bike Box was installed, FC Bikes staff created a video with Cable 14 to educate users how to best navigate the intersection. ( After this Bike Box was installed, FC Bikes staff and BPEC volunteers took shifts (approximately 20 hours total) standing at the intersection explaining the facility to motorists and cyclists. We plan to implement similar educational campaigns for future improvements.