This has two big advantages. First, it gives people biking and walking a shorter crossing distance and a head start compared to people driving, so someone turning right in a car can easily see whether they’ll need to yield.
People on the multi-use path, however, are prompted to bend their path out slightly as they approach the intersection.
Second, the extra space is just long enough for a car to turn sideways and let other cars moving straight ahead pass behind it. The person in the turning car can see anyone crossing on bike and foot by looking straight ahead, and people in the crosswalk and crossbike can easily tell which cars are making the turn.
Davis’s plans predate the video made last year by designer Nick Falbo, who assembled a list of four basic characteristics of protected intersections in an American context. And it doesn’t include one of his ingredients: bike-friendly signal timing, such as giving people on bike and foot a crossing signal a few seconds before people in cars get one.
In any case, Donofrio said she’s happy the intersection is working so well so far. With another such intersection already operating in Vancouver, B.C., protected intersections will soon be operating in almost every region of North America, showing people just how easy they are to use.
Hard to explain; simple to use.
As you might expect there were comments that denigrated the attempt at a Dutch Junction design. It would seem that very little in America ever satisfies Urban Cyclists who are hellbent on using a system like this (or any other for that matter) without ever obeying the simple rules embedded in its design.
As good as the original Dutch design is, you will note that the accompanying video indicates that riders must obey the traffic signals. If they don’t the timing for things like left-hand turns get ‘fouled up‘.
So regardless of the propaganda surrounding the current debate over the Idaho Stop Law, rules are going to have to be followed at some point for ‘good design‘ to actually work.
That is a lesson the Church of Urban Cycling is unlikely to ever learn. The blather about cyclists being unwilling to ‘lose their momentum‘ by coming to full stops is exactly what makes this design work. It would seem that lie is being exposed.
Why Are We Always Satisfied With Mediocrity?