The improvement of the safety of cyclists and pedestrians has been a cause for concern, since the dominance of the automobile on american roadways. 2016 data shared from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles related accidents last year, a 6% rise from 2015. The promotion of safer bikeways and crosswalks, would also motivate people to become daily bike users or walk to work instead of drive lessening the burden on vehicular traffic.
The Dutch Junction is not a generally new idea because it has been used in the Netherlands for a long time. Although cyclists have typically been protected by barriers on sides of roads, at intersections that protection drops off due to turning traffic. The Dutch junction provides the cyclist protection whether the rider is making a right turn, left turn or simply going straight.
The junction prevents the motorist to turn into the cyclist if they are making a turn, and it forces the cyclist to move out of the motorists blind spot if they are going straight. The implementation of the Dutch junction has now seen its way to the U.S. and is having great success.
Because the junction is deceivingly simple people feared it would require some explanation for proper usage. Surprisingly, in the first implementation in the U.S. there were no reported near misses and no one died or was hit.
This was without explanation of the actual function of the intersection. The junction is basically self explanatory, and provides great protection for people looking to commute to work in a greener way.
The Dutch Junction can singlehandedly solve two problems that have been tremendous for the United States, overbearing of vehicular traffic and cyclist and pedestrian safety. The multilayer issue lends itself to a simple solution of innovative bike lanes. The Netherlands seems to be finding simple solutions to complicated problems.