Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Earlier this month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation installed a bike-only traffic signal at NE Lloyd Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. These signals show a bicycle lit in green, and are meant to give bicyclists a safe interval in which to cross the intersection before the light turns green for other vehicles. The Oregon bicycle accident lawyers of Shulman DuBois weighed in:
“These signals are a great move on the part of PBOT,” said attorney Sean DuBois, who has fought for the rights of bicycle accident victims through his Oregon accident law firm Shulman DuBois LLC for the past four years. “Hopefully, getting bicyclists out in front of cars before the green light will increase visibility of the riders and decrease accidents.”
PBOT has installed several of these bike-only signals (which they have been calling “leading bicycle intervals”) throughout the city. Where a traffic light has already been installed, the addition of a bike signal only costs around $2,000, according to Peter Koonce, the PBOT’s Division Manager of Signals, Street Lighting, and ITS.
Back in June 2011, Senate Bill 130 was passed, adding the bike-only signals to the approved list of official traffic control devices. Bill 130 became effective on January 1, 2012.
Jonathan Maus of bikeportland.org said, “When bike traffic was present for the start of the green phase, it worked like a charm and they [the bicyclists] were able to make the merge without worrying…” in his October 3rd article on the new signal.
Hopefully the bike signals will work more effectively than the controversial green bike boxes that PBOT has installed in an attempt to decrease the number of bicycle accident injuries throughout the city. On Oct. 15th,PBOT sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration admitting that boxes might not help – and that the number of crashes has actually increased.
“The bike boxes were a good idea, and we cannot fault PBOT for attempting to decrease the number of crashes with a painted box which has a much lower price tag than a traffic signal,” said DuBois, referring to the fact that fourteen bike boxes can be installed for the price of one new traffic signal according to this Portland Mercury article.
“We just hope that PBOT continues to support bicyclists by continuing to find new methods and technology to prevent bicycle accidents,” DuBois said. “Whether it’s bike boxes, bike-only signals, or something new, it’s important that we all keep working to promote bicycle safety on the roads.”
About Shulman DuBois LLC:
The Portland personal injury law firm of Shulman DuBois LLC, is based in SE Portland, OR. Partners Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois specialize in hit and runs, car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death cases. For a free consultation, call 503-222-4411 or contact us at http://www.portlandpersonalinjuryaccidentlawyer.com.