il padrone wrote:More and more it is a case of encouraging more people back to the bike by providing bike lanes, even the separated lanes. If we want to do this it is much wiser to provide the lane protection at the intersections as it is in these locations, more-so than mid-block, that most of the urban cycle collisions occur.
True, though of course encouraging people on to bikes is as much about improving perceived safety as anything. This sort of intersection design I would say gives potential cyclists both a real increase in perceived safety, and as you say, given most accidents between vehicles of any sort occur at intersections, so almost certainly will improve real safety. However if building these intersections meant less money to spend on other basic upgrades (I mentioned a few examples towards the end of my latest blog post) I'd be hesitant to support them - they need to be the sort of thing that convince governments to allocate more money towards cycling infrastructure.