SEATTLE-- Drivers will no longer be allowed to make a right-hand turn from southbound Dexter Avenue to westbound Mercer Street in an effort to protect bicyclists.

The Seattle Times reports the decision was made after two collisions between cars and bicycles last Tuesday.

Westbound Mercer goes away from the Interstate 5 ramps, so it should have minimal effect on drivers trying to get to the freeway. But the ban means alternate routes like Republican Street and Westlake Avenue may get even more clogged as drivers try to get onto westbound Mercer another way.

Because bike lanes are set up next to the far right lane, drivers may not see a bicyclist coming up behind them before making a right turn. An official from the Cascade Bicycle Club tells the Times that these so-called right-hook crashes are among the most frequent type of car-bicycle collisions.

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