serves as a storage area when there is heavy bicycle traffic, and a way to get to the center of the street to wait to make a left turn.
The "bike box" allows bicyclists to go to the head of the line and so, on casual observation, it appears to advance the status of bicyclists over that of motorists. Not only do bicyclists get to go to the head of the line but also, motorists must wait in line behind the bicyclists.
In general these seem to bring as much trouble as benefit.
bicyclists can not enter the "bike box" to turn left when motor vehicles are streaming through the "bike box". The bicyclists must wait on the green light and then proceed into the "bike box" on the red. Meanwhile, these bicyclists stand in the way of other bicyclists who want to go on the green
But it's just so exciting when someone puts down paint for you. Of course that paint needs to be in the right place. Washcycle reader John sent me this photo of the new Sharrows in Alexandria on Union Street just past Prince Street. He writes
From what I can tell the car was parked legally. Regardless, this was not the only instance of a missed placed sharrow.
This experiment will fail if they don't put the sharrows in the right place (out of parked cars and the door zone).