Last week, we reported that the District Department of Transportation had finished installing contra-flow bike lanes at the notoriously challenging intersection of 16th and U streets NW, noting the news as a net positive for cyclists who up until now were more or less forced to break the law when traveling down the intersecting one-way blocks of New Hampshire Ave.
But as WTOP noticed over the weekend, the new bike signals require a bit more precision on the part of the cyclist than riders may have at first realized. In order for the bicycle-only signals to turn on, riders need to stop right on top of a series of white arrows inside the new bike boxes. DDOT has released a YouTube video that shows exactly how it works, which we've posted below. The demonstration of where to stop in order to activate the signals starts at about the 30 second mark.