Protected Intersections Provide Safe Refuge For City Cyclists [Video]

Protected Intersections Provide Safe Refuge For City Cyclists [Video]

Urban planner Nick Falbo's bike lane design includes a corner refuge island to protect cyclists when they turn at another street.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 24 february 2014

Cyclist safety continues to be a major concern in urban cities, especially in the US where more and more cities are installing protected bike lanes on their streets. Although protected bike lanes, which place a physical barrier between cyclists and cars, are safer than traditional bike lane concepts, the safety these bike lanes provide disappears at intersections, where the physical barrier between bikes and cars do not exist.

Portland-based urban planner and designer Nick Falbo has proposed a concept design called Protected Intersections, which aims to protect cyclists at intersections by placing “corner refuge islands” that force cars to turn farther from the corners and allow drivers to see turning cyclists early.

Falbo’s design has four key elements: a corner refuge island, a forward stop bar, a setback bicycle and pedestrian crossing, and a bicycle friendly signal phasing. These four elements aim to keep the physical protection around cyclists as they come to an intersection during their rides.


The Protected Intersections design is Falbo’s entry to The Cameron Rian Hays Outside The Box Competition organized by the George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Falbo based his design on the intersection design being used in the Netherlands. Similar concepts are also being used in places like Belgium, UK, Spain, and Japan.

Watch the video below for more about the project.

Protected Intersections

Source: Co.Design,

Images: Protected Intersections


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