Cycling Improvements in Exchange District
The City’s recent protected bike lanes project has had significant changes on travel down Bannatyne or McDermot. Not only is there now a protected lane dedicated to cyclists, but there are changes for drivers too.
“No right turn on red” signs have been installed at all of the intersections. The reason is to protect cyclists — drivers turning right tend to look left and are not as aware of cyclists (or pedestrians) on their right. This change is effective now.
In addition, special signals have been installed on all intersections with traffic lights. When uncovered, these signals will give cyclists a few second head-start on the cars — much like transit priority signals for the busses at some intersections. Again, these new signals are to make cycling more safe.