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Bike Infrastructure Innovation: Protected Intersections

by Melanie Colavito

Portland-based planner and designer Nick Falbo recently proposed a new idea for bike infrastructure call the protected intersection. The basic concept addresses the issue of a gap in protected bike lanes at intersections. Basically, a protected bike lane is great until you reach an intersection, and then you’re dealing with cars up close and personal. However, with a protected bike lane, Falbo has proposed a unique arrangement for keeping traffic flowing and bicycles and pedestrians protected. The idea has Dutch origins, but it reworks the concept slightly to make more sense on U.S. streets. Check out the full idea in the video below. I’d love to see this, and more protected bike lanes for that matter, catch on soon! Via Bike Portland.Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

 
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2 Responses to “Bike Infrastructure Innovation: Protected Intersections”

  1. RR says:

    Island design is a lethal edge trap for motorbikes

  2. Robert says:

    I think the one thing Nick Falbo forgot to mention was that turns must be prohibited on red, unless they are being made by bicycle and are being done without conflict to motor traffic. IE on his model (the idea of protected intersections does exist with other models to, like a pair of two way cycle tracks intersecting or a two way and a pair of one ways, etc), all bicycle right turns would be permitted on red lights without stopping, only yielding to cyclists and pedestrians.

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