New intersections


"Should cyclists be able to go through red lights? It’s a question that always draws a lot of controversy, and it’s becoming a reality in France. Cyclists are already allowed to turn right on red at most junctions, but last year an experiment was tried in 10 intersections in Paris and 20 in the town of Sceaux, just to the south-west of the city. At these junctions a cyclist effectively has a permanent amber light – they must give way to pedestrians and crossing traffic, but may then cross during a red light, getting safely out of the way of accelerating and turning motor vehicles, two of the major causes of crashes.

Meanwhile, last autumn the city of Amsterdam decided to run an experiment on a notorious junction at Alexanderplein, where several tram routes, bike paths and roads intersected. Although some users expressed concern, they decided to remove safety barriers, turn off all the traffic lights at the junction and let the traffic sort itself out. The trial was a success – users of different modes of traffic were more careful when using the junction, and it improved the traffic flow. After the implementation, 60% of junction users said it had improved the junction."
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