What Does the Green Mean?

Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to get in to the spirit of things and focus on something green. In this case, the green pavement markings near many of Seattle’s new bikeways. So what does the green mean?

Seattle, and cities throughout the country, use the green pavement markings to indicate that a space will be used by both people on bikes and people who are driving. The green pavement lets people know to watch out for each other.

For example, here’s a picture of a two-way protected bike lane (also known as a cycle track) where the green pavement let’s people on bikes know to expect cars coming out of the driveway. Similarly the green also alerts drivers to look both ways before crossing the bikeway.

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You might also notice the green pavement near right turn lanes. In this case the green pavement is used because people driving will cross the bike lane when making a right turn. Drivers will need to check their right side mirrors for approaching bikes and people on bikes should watch for right signaling cars.

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Finally one of the other places you might see the green is at a bike box. A bike box allows people on bikes to wait at the front of the intersection at a red light. This allows bikes to be more visible and predictable to drivers at the intersection. If you’re on a bike wait in the green until you have the signal and if you’re driving, remember that when waiting at the intersection stop behind the green to allow space for people on bikes.

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To learn more about bike facilities around the city, check out our website.  And remember, whether you’re walking, biking, or driving somewhere, look out for others and pay close attention when you see the green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!