One California city has followed the tradition in the Netherlands for establishing protected intersections for bicyclists to decrease the risk of them being struck by cars that are turning. Earlier this month, Davis, California, unveiled America's first protected intersection.
The reason behind the intersections is clear. Bike lanes that are separated physically from the road with a barrier have reduced death and injury rates for cyclists. Yet even with those protections in place, bike riders have to cross intersections beside traffic, even though statistics indicate most collisions happen in intersections from cars turning into the cyclists.