It’s a struggle that’s longed plagued street designers: how do you make an intersection safe for cyclists?
Cities have increasingly used protected bike lanes to give cyclists security when they travel alongside automobile traffic. But at intersections, things become more tricky. In order to allow for turns, the protection ends.
That’s a big problem. After all, it’s only the most dedicated cyclists who will take to the road without protection. To get the masses to cycle on a regular basis, it’s critical to ensure riders feel safe.
A new type of intersection — or, at least one that’s new to the U.S. — may be able to fix that problem.
The so-called Dutch junction offers protection to cyclists at intersections, regardless of whether they’re turning left, turning right, or continuing straight. The key to its design are the four islands near each corner of the intersection. They prevent cars from entering the pathway of cyclists turning right. Meanwhile, they force cyclists traveling straight to move into the view of automobiles and out of their blind spots. […]