New concepts for complicated intersections

A proposed design in Cambridge. Imagecredit: Kittelson and Associates via Boston Cyclists Union.

A proposed design in Cambridge. Image credit: Kittelson and Associates via Boston Cyclists Union.

An innovative approach to improving safety at intersections while also improving traffic flow is called a “Peanutabout.” The name may sound a bit confusing, but the concept is simple. Take a typical roundabout, already known for its benefits to traffic safety, and reshape to fit where right of way is tight… plus add a cycle track!
The MPO continues to be challenged with ways of moving the county’s growing population efficiently and safely. Large intersections have always been a concern for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists and the peanutabout may just be a solution we can sink our teeth into. Read more about peanutabouts in a recent article by Michael Andersen in STREETBLOG USA.

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