Skip navigation
No more
Know more

If we had Dutch-style intersections, we’d ride our bikes everywhere, too

Nick Falbo, an urban planner in Portland, Ore., wants U.S. engineers to borrow a trick from their Dutch counterparts to make intersections safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. The idea is simple: Keep the bike lanes on the curb side of parked cars, and then add an island in front of the parking lane in the intersection so that turning cars are forced to give cyclists a little more space. This design does not require widening the road or eliminating car lanes if a bike lane is already present. It’s just more efficient. The patches of snow on street corners in eastern U.S. cities this week — which are known among planners and transit geeks as “sneckdowns” — reveal just how much of the road goes to waste.

In Dutch cities, as many as seven in 10 trips are taken by bicycle, but accommodating so much bike traffic requires careful planning. Kolkata recently banned cycling on many city streets with the the desperate hope of relieving congestion, a measure that might well prove counterproductive. Click below for links to research on bike-friendly planning.

Max Ehrenfreund | February 21 at 4:22 pm
Know more: Going Dutch in the intersection
No more
Know more
A typical Chicago city school gets half the funding of one in the wealthy suburbs
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Max Ehrenfreund
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Yes, Americans do understand that climate change is real
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
A graph that shows when it’s O.K. to date someone younger than you
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Ebola could sicken between 77,181 and 277,124 people in 2014 if trends continue
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Where do America’s foreign students come from?
No more
Know more
Janette Hong
No more
Know more
Which countries have the highest rates of suicide
Max Ehrenfreund
No more
Know more
Seeing music: The Moonlight Sonata, charted
Max Ehrenfreund