There is no question that many of the car versus bicycle cases that my law firm handles arise from intersection collisions. For the most part those crashes are caused by the driver simply not seeing the bicyclist for one reason or another. Many times the driver has no good explanation for why he or she failed to see the cyclist right in their line of sight. To be fair, some intersections in and around Chicago are just so busy and congested with cars, bikes, pedestrians, lights, signs and all sorts of other distractions that it is not surprising when a crash occurs. In such intersections perhaps the solution is physical separation of motorists and bicyclists. But how can that be accomplished?
Apparently, the Dutch have found a way. It is called the "floating bicycle roundabout," and it looks awesome. I know what you're going to say: It looks epensive too. It probably is, but of course people are needed to build such things, and these days jobs are in short supply. Also, to the extent that these things can increase ridership, decrease traffic congestion and reduce the number of injuries and deaths among road users, I'm all for them.
The video below is courtesy of Momentum Magazine.