Part of: Design Principles of Cycling [Draft Version]

Protected Intersections


Learn more about the different design elements of protected intersections. Video created by Nick Falbo.

In addition to protected bike lanes, cyclists need to be protected at intersections. A protected intersection continues the physical separation of cycle infrastructure, positioning cyclists prominently ahead of right-turn conflicts and creating safe, simple cyclist movements through the intersection. This can be achieved without moving existing curbs, with modifications making the intersection more compact and organized.

The protected intersection, also known as a Dutch intersection, provides safe refuge spaces for cyclists where the various cycle facilities meet. All cyclist turns become two-stage turns, and cyclists are given priority position using advanced stop boxesleading signal priority, and smaller curb radii to slow vehicles turning across the cycle path.