Building Better Communities Through Complete Streets—The Protected Intersection

Key takeaway:

  • 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.

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