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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bike Boxes

What is a bike box?

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.


Why are bike boxes being installed?


The main goal is to prevent collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight. It's all about visibility and awareness. At a red light, cyclists are more visible to motorists by being in front of them. At a green light, the green bike lane through the intersection reminds motorists and cyclists to watch for each other.


Current and Proposed Bike Boxes


SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 7th Ave - March 2008

SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 11th Ave - April 2008

SW Madison St & SW 3rd Ave - April 2008

NW Everett St & NW 16th Ave - April 2008

SW Broadway & SW Taylor - April 2008

SW Broadway & SW Clay - April 2008

SW 6th Ave & SW Broadway - May 2008

SW 14th Ave & W Burnside St - June/July 2008

NW Broadway & NW Hoyt St - September 2008

SE Clinton St & Cesar E. Chavez - September 2008

SW Terwilliger Blvd & SW Taylors Ferry Rd - September 2008

Rose Quarter TC - October 2008

NE 57th Ave & NE Sandy Blvd - April 2010

NE Couch St & NE Grand Ave - September 2010

SE Madison at SE Grand - November 2010



SE 26th at SE Powell

SE 7th Ave at SE Hawthorne (NB)

SE 7th Ave at SE Madison (SB)

SW Terwilliger at SW Capitol Hwy (SB)

N Interstate at N Alberta (NB)

SE Gladstone at SE Cesar E. Chavez

N Willamette at N Portsmouth (WB)

SE Lincoln at SE Cesar E. Chavez

SE 21st Ave at Division St. (NB)

SE Ladd Ave at Division St. (SB)

Watch this short video to see how drivers and cyclists can use the Bike Box to reduce conflict and increase safety.

On the Move video screen shot