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Getting the Green by Bike

Think about those times you're sitting at a stop light, waiting for it to turn green.  It can feel like an eternity.  Now imagine sitting there and the light never changing.  It often happens to people biking if they aren't sure of how to get the green.

Now PBOT is installing signs to help people biking become the master of the signal.

The trick is to roll your bike over the stencil PBOT paints on top of the "loop detector" at many intersections.  If you're driving, your car's mass of metal will trip the detector if you're just about anywhere in the vicinity.  But because your bike's mass is not so, well, massive you need to be in just the right spot.

So, in addition to the pavement markings PBOT is putting up signs in some select locations.

The smart bikers over at have already published a how-to.  We're hoping that the new signs will help people that aren't quite sure what to do.

Keep an eye out for them and let us know what you think!