Protected bike lanes are the best solution to safely separate vehicles from bicycles on the road. However they have an Achilles heel – the intersection – where the protected zone disappears and cyclists are faced with navigating across busy roads.
Urban planner Nick Falbo has a solution – based on Dutch intersection design, it expands the benefits of the protected bike lanes all the way to intersection. In this great video he explains how it works.
Protected bike lanes are the latest approach US cities are taking to help their residents get around by bike. But these protected lanes lose their buffer separation at intersections, reducing the comfort and safety for people riding.
What the protected bike lane needs is the protected intersection.
This proposal for the George Mason University 2014 Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition presents a vision for a safe, clear intersection design that improves conditions for all users. Proper design of refuge islands, crossing position and signal timing can create a safe intersection that people of all ages and abilities would feel safe in.
Learn more online at ProtectedIntersection.com