Protected Intersection for Bicyclists
The missing link for many North American protected bike lanes has been intersection treatments. Current standards result in protected lanes often ending prior to intersections and being forced to "mix" with other traffic lanes, creating unnecessary conflicts by design.
According to Nick Falbo, planner at Alta Planning + Design:
"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