While biking in the city will remain dicey for the foreseeable future, some smart city planners have come up with an interesting approach to a protecting riders at one of their most vulnerable spots; the intersection.
Intersections' danger really comes from the fact that for the most part, they were designed simply for cars and pedestrians, bikes being an afterthought. At best, a particularly big or dangerous intersection you might get a confusing mix of painted bike lanes that are tricky to navigate and shared with cars in a way that often nullifies their convenience or makes the situation as dangerous as if they were not there. Clearly, intersections could be better designed to accomodate bikers while respecting their safety.
That's what planners in Salt Lake City saw, and they've developed the first protecteed intersection in the U.S. and it looks like this…
What do you think? Would this work in Milwaukee?