The West Avenue Bike Box - How did it come about and how does it work?
A little over two years ago, WAvNA Board Member Shawn Patrick Bryant approached the Miami Beach Transportation Department requesting the installation of a Bike Box at the intersection of West Avenue & 17th Street in front of Trader Joe's Supermarket.
A bike box is a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. The project included updates to traffic signalization, sensors in street to recognize bicycles, and additional signage. The final item is to paint the Bike Box green which will take place this week.
This will allow for bicyclists to safely make a left turn heading west onto the Venetian Causeway traveling towards Miami.
With recent additions to the painted bike lane, we now have connectivity to/from Miami/Miami Beach using a painted bike lane extending to the beach. For example, bicyclists can travel from Miami on the Venetian Causeway to West Avenue and then continuing on a painted bike lane heading south on West Avenue to 16th Street. Using the 16th Street Bike Lane, bicyclists can travel to Collins Avenue and access the Beach.
The Bike Box on West Avenue is a significant enhancement to bicycle safety and WAvNA is happy to have supported this project from its inception to completion. Bike Safely and enjoy!