Salt Lake City is on track to implement America’s first protected intersection for bicycling this summer.
The intersection design is based on a Dutch template that minimizes potential conflicts between people biking, driving, and walking. For example, it allows cyclists to make a left turn in two stages without crossing against oncoming car traffic. It will be part of a protected bike lane running a little more than a mile through a central portion of the Utah capital.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials said that to the best of its knowledge, this will be the first protected intersection design in the United States.
This intersection treatment is best known from Dutch streets. Last year, Portland-based Nick Falbo campaigned to introduce the basic template to America and submitted a protected intersection design to a competition at George Mason University. His video is a great introduction to how protected intersections work. Falbo and the team at Alta Planning + Design were consultants on the project working with Salt Lake City transportation officials.
The new Salt Lake City bike lane on 200 West will include just one protected intersection. Construction will start in August and will take about two months, local news station KSL reports.
Hat tip to Jacob Mason.
Updated: (5/7/15 at 3:08 p.m.) to include information about Alta’s involvement in the project.