Salt Lake City held a party yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the nation’s second Dutch Junction, an intersection that offers special protection for bicyclists. The intersection is located at 200 W and 300 S, just south of the central business district. 200 W is served by protected bike lanes. 300 S has painted bike lanes. Both streets are very wide as is common in Salt Lake City.
The intersection design allows cyclists to navigate the busy intersection in protected lanes. Here’s a video from the Netherlands that shows how it works as well as a couple of pictures from Google Maps that show the Dutch Junction under construction.
Dutch Junctions are one of several popular intersection treatments in the Netherlands. They are virtually non-existent here in the US, though they are popular with US officials because they offer an easy, common sense way of handling intersections where protected bike lanes are present.
City officials in Salt Lake City plan to analyze data concerning usage and crashes at this intersection. If it meets or exceeds objectives, they’ve indicated that they will build more throughout the city.