Charlottesville Intersection Turning Green for Bicycle Safety

Aug. 12, 2014

The City of Charlottesville is "greening" the intersection of University Avenue and Rugby Road with pavement markings to make the intersection safer and more convenient for bicyclists.

The green pavement markings are a pilot project that will provide greater visibility for bicyclists via designated "bicycle only" waiting areas to facilitate left turns onto McCormick Road and Rugby Road, and will create similar waiting areas ahead of vehicular traffic for bicyclists traveling southbound on Rugby Road and westbound on University Avenue.

“Navigating intersections is among the more challenging and uncomfortable maneuvers for bicyclists and the uncertainty about bicyclists positioning often creates confusion for drivers," said Amanda Poncy, the city's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. "The new markings will clarify a maneuver that a number of bicyclists already are doing to legally make the prohibited left turn from University Avenue onto McCormick Road.”

"We want to encourage safe coexistence of pedestrians and bicyclists with transit buses and cars. The new markings provide a dedicated way for bikes to navigate a very busy intersection," said Rebecca White, Director of Parking and Transportation at the University of Virginia.

The new pavement markings will be installed during the week of August 18, concurrent with the current roadway repaving.

Click on the link on the side for more information about how all road users should use these and other bicycle and pedestrian treatments.

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