Streetsblog points out that bike boxes are appearing at some intersections in the city. These street markings carve out a little space for cyclists between stopped motor vehicles and the crosswalk. This gives the bikes a head start and more visibility, two things enjoyed by the city cyclist.
While not all that popular in NYC, other cities have been using bike boxes for some time now. As an example, increasingly bike friendly London has these markings at many intersections throughout the city. Hopefully they will become a more familiar sight here as well.
It is great to see that the DOT is continuing to experiment with things that encourage bicycle ridership.