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Urban Planet: Dutch Intersection Design

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

What makes the safest intersection for all road users? It’s a question planners, designers and engineers have been tackling for years. In the Netherlands, experiments with a bike lane/turn lane yielded poor visibility for cyclists and too many conflicts. As this video via Momentum Magazine explains, Dutch standard junctions create safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians by carving out corner curbs to keep cyclists separated from both vehicles and pedestrians when turning or crossing an intersection.

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