“Protected bike lanes are one way to try and separate the car and bike on the road, but when it comes to intersections, even this basic protection melts away.
But what if you can design intersections in a way that gives a driver better visualization and minimize the risk of collision?
This is the question behind urban planner Nick Falbo’s design, proposed as part of a transport challenge issued by George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.
As shown in the video below, a raised corner refuge island forces traffic to turn further into the intersection, which protects right-turning bikes and gives cyclists time before cars begin their turns. By the time a car comes across the island, it will have already turned by 90 degrees — giving drivers additional time and a different angle in which to see both cyclists and pedestrians.”