Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Design increases safety for bicyclists and drivers

May 29, 2015 |
Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Screenshot depicts a Dutch cycle-friendly junction design. Photo: Screenshot of BicycleDutch video

The cities of Austin, Texas, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston are in a four-way race to create the first protected intersection in the United States.

Protected intersections arrange traffic so that everyone—bicyclists included—can see all moving traffic simply by looking forward instead of forcing people in cars and on bikes to look constantly over their shoulders. The concept has been used successfully for years in The Netherlands.

The action by the four U.S. cities comes 15 months after American bikeway designer Nick Falbo coined the phrase “protected intersection” to refer to a Dutch-style intersection between two streets with protected bike lanes.

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