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    New red light bike box on Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon. More important than the paint on the road is that they added new detection instruments so that a bike will trip the stop light. It's a weird enough, off-angle intersection that going on red always felt a little weird. They also extended the bike lanes northward to where they already were to the north.

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    Kudos to Carrie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
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    New red light bike box on Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon. More important than the paint on the road is that they added new detection instruments so that a bike will trip the stop light. It's a weird enough, off-angle intersection that going on red always felt a little weird. They also extended the bike lanes northward to where they already were to the north.

    http://delray.patch.com/groups/polit...ke-box-arrives
    Looks great! I look forward to using it when I pass through there (Commonwealth Ave is my favorite non-MUP route in the area). One minor detail is missing, though: the bicycle symbol so drivers know not to stop in it.

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    Went thru there tonight and my presence most definitely did not trip the light - grrrr. I was most definitely within the green paint. Perhaps it hasn't been turned on yet? Fortunately a car finally came up behind me. I presume the bike symbols will be added soon - they probably had to wait for the green paint to dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    Went thru there tonight and my presence most definitely did not trip the light - grrrr. I was most definitely within the green paint. Perhaps it hasn't been turned on yet? Fortunately a car finally came up behind me. I presume the bike symbols will be added soon - they probably had to wait for the green paint to dry.
    I rode through there this morning and did not trip the light either. I was standing in the middle of the green "corner" section and upon seeing the stoplight cycle skip my way, promptly broke the law and rode through the red (it was 6 in the morning, so there weren't any other people on the road).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I rode through there this morning and did not trip the light either. I was standing in the middle of the green "corner" section and upon seeing the stoplight cycle skip my way, promptly broke the law and rode through the red (it was 6 in the morning, so there weren't any other people on the road).
    You can proceed on a red thru an intersection in VA if you wait two cycles or two minutes in cases like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    You can proceed on a red thru an intersection in VA if you wait two cycles or two minutes in cases like this.
    I know that law, and I fully admit I definitely did not do that. One cycle or 30 seconds in my case. Had to do it a few more times (Eisenhower Ave Connector/"mini-Lombard" St, East Dr/Telegraph, and Huntington/Route 1) as well. I don't tend to run a red unless it's clear the stoplight sensor doesn't "sense" me (the ONE good time to have vehicles around you on the roads!).

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    Yeah, I was glad a car came up behind me because the intersection was really busy when I was there as well as weirdly laid out.

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    But the box is green, not red.

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    I've sent an email to the Alexandria government folks asking if the light mechanism has been turned on yet.

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