- Protected intersections are an important complement to Complete Streets to extend safe, comfortable conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians into intersections.
- Nationwide, 850 communities adopted Complete Streets policies, resolutions, or ordinances from 2004-2014.
- Protected intersections can reduce bicycle and pedestrian exposure and turning conflicts, incorporate aesthetic elements, and are compatible with many intersection types.
- Key components of a protected intersection include corner safety islands, corner aprons, forward stop bars, approach tapers, yields for pedestrians, pedestrian safety islands, bicycle crossing, and signal optimization.
- This review article describes the evolution of Complete Streets and protected intersections, with a focus on describing the key components and benefits of protected intersections. The article includes an illustration of key protected intersection features.
Gilpin, J. (2016). Building Better Communities Through Complete Streets-The Protected Intersection. ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers), 86(3), 40–43.