Crews have been laying down green paint along portions of the streetcar route. Here’s what the City says about the new paint on the Tucson Bike and Pedestrian Facebook page.
Green material is going in this week along segments of the streetcar corridor – but do you know what they mean and how to use them as a cyclist? Our education program will be rolling out soon but in the meantime, help us spread the word on these two very important features:
1. Green ‘Guides’ – Green pavement markings indicate for cyclists where they may cross tracks at as close to perpendicular as possible. Cyclists are less likely to fall when crossing between 60 degrees and 90 degrees (perpendicular), however, the green markings do not give cyclists the right-of-way, and cyclists are not required to use them. You must still pay attention to traffic around you!
2. Green Bike Boxes – Look for green bike boxes with a white bike symbol at some intersections. A green bike box allows bicyclists to position themselves in front of vehicles at stop lights. Whether you are turning right, left, or going forward, the green bike box will put cyclists in front of traffic and make them more visible.
The photo below shows the new green pavement at the University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue intersection. Check ou the numbered route guides to see how the markings work.
Route 2: Heading east on University Boulevard crossing Fourth Avenue to continue east on University Boulevard toward the UA.
Route 3: Heading south on Fourth Avenue and making a left turn onto University Boulevard to head toward the UA.
An education campaign for both bicyclist and motorist is in the works and crews are also adding bikes with arrows to show cyclists where to ride.
What do you think? Like it. hate it or indifferent?