PORTLAND The Oregon Department of Transportation will activate four new bicycle beacons next week that are designed to warn drivers as bicycles approach two bridges on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

On Thursday, the beacons will start to flash automatically via sensors in the pavement as riders approach bridges at Newbury Street and Vermont Street, according to ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton.

ODOT said the beacons are the first of their kind in Oregon, although similar signals are used in other states and around the world.

The point of the signals is to warn drivers to lookout for cyclists and slow down. The beacons are located right before each bridge in both directions on Barbur Boulevard.

The City of Portland has also pledged to make the dangerous stretch of safer for pedestrians and cyclists. People who use Barbur Boulevard have said safety problems currently plague parts of the busy thoroughfare.

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