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What motorists don't know about cyclistsMay 17, 2012 @ 5:53 pm
Thousands of extra wheels will be on roads in the Northwest for bike-to-work day Friday, and motorists don't always know how to share the road with cyclists.
A new poll from PEMCO Insurance suggests that while drivers in Washington and Oregon generally favor cyclist-safety laws, people in Portland have a better understanding of how to share the road than those in Seattle.
Have you seen bike boxes in intersections? Portland has more of them than we do in Seattle. In both areas, motorists are legally required to stop before the green box.
The poll revealed that nearly two-thirds of Portland drivers are familiar with the green bicycle boxes. In Seattle, only about one-third were aware of them.
The boxes are at several intersections including East Pine and 12th Avenue, and Fremont and North 34th Street. They prohibit drivers from making free right turns on a red light.
Seattle DOT photo
Even if you haven't seen them, it's pretty obvious that you should stop before you get to the green area. Right?
In Washington, the fine for violating green bike-box laws is as high as $194, and in Oregon the fine is as high as $242.
A national census data published by the League of American Bicyclists reports that Portland has the greatest bicycle-commuter rates out of the 70 largest U.S. cities. Seattle comes in as the third most popular city for bike commuting.
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