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Bicycle Turn Boxes

The first green-painted bicycle turn boxes in Florida will be installed this August at the intersection of Treeline Avenue and Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. Bicycle boxes are designed to increase cyclist safety while making left-turns at large intersections. A cyclist using a turn box will proceed straight across an intersection at a green light and turn 90 degrees to the left inside of a turn box on the other side of the road. The cyclist will then repeat this procedure for the second part of the left turn. While it may take longer, bicycle boxes can increase safety by reducing conflicts between vehicles and cyclists, particularly when a cyclist in trying to make a left turn in the travel lane while pedaling alongside traffic.  Read more about bicycle boxes in this recent Naples Daily News article.