The City of Indianapolis is enhancing its bike lane facilities! We'll be incorporating bike boxes, by definition, a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that provides bicyclist with a safe and visible way to get turning bicyclist ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. Bike boxes serve as an advanced stop bar and do not affect moving traffic.
Vehicles will continue to use the roadway as usual and not drive in the bike lane. Bicyclists will continue through the bike lane and those wishing to turn will wait at the head of the traffic lane. Once the light changes green, bicyclists will turn ahead of queuing traffic, while vehicles follow. This cycle will allow both vehicles and bicycles to execute turns at intersections safely.
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Currently, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is placing bike boxes in conjunction with the 71st Street bike lane project and will continue to assess and determine other areas as other bike lane projects are planned.
NACTO Design Guide- Bike Boxes
Bike Box Video
Bike Box Fact Sheet
Bikeways Rack Card