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America's Second Protected Intersection Now Open
- "In 2013, there 743 bicycle fatalities across the country," and the controversy in some bike lanes, including
- the recent removal of a small stretch of protected bike lanes in Boulder, Colo.
"'Protected intersections,' designed to prevent car-bicycle collisions, have long existed in the Netherlands, but they are just catching on in the U.S.," states Young. She credits "a young, former video designer named Nick Falbo (who) made a video that urban planners understood" for the recent interest.
Credit: SLC Moves: Transportation - 200 West Improvement Project
If you had problems following the Falbo video, particularly with left turns, click on the above link for an aerial simulation. Some cyclists may prefer to "take" or share a left-turn lane in one "unprotected turn" versus two protected crossings of traffic. [See my comment under the Davis "Dutch Junction" post as it is referred to locally.]
The Salt Lake City intersection is the third and final phase of the 200 West Improvement Project that was scheduled to open in October. It appears to have opened early!
- Robin Hutcheson, transportation director for Salt Lake City.
- Jennifer Dill, director of the National Institute for Transportation & Communities at Portland State University.
Dill notes proudly that Falbo was a one of her students.
Hat tip to The AASHTO Daily Transportation Update (Oct. 1).