Video: How to Design a Dutch-Style Protected Intersection

I have spent a great deal of my time as a transportation engineer the past three years on the design of protected intersections: I led the preliminary design of over 30 protected intersections in Ottawa, led the preliminary and detailed design for what has just been completed as Toronto’s first protected intersection, was interviewed in an Oh The Urbanity! video about protected intersections, and was a contributor to Ottawa’s award-winning Protected Intersection Design Guide.

With this level of experience, combined with my experience as a trainer for OTM Book 18, I decided to try my hand with a tutorial video, How to Design a Dutch-Style Protected Intersection. In the 20-minute video I pick a candidate intersection, describe its context, and go step-by-step through the design process to lay out the protected intersection features. Whether you’re a fellow designer, an advocate, or an enthusiast, I hope you enjoy!


  1. I’m in Ottawa. When biking, I don’t use the floating bike lanes, too exposed. As a motorist, I’m ok to give up the right turn curve route. Ottawa needs these kinds of intersections, thanks.


  2. Hi Matt,

    I am curious if this is the best design for New York City intersections. In my neighborhood, we have a pretty regular grid pattern with almost exclusively one way streets. It seems to me that the one way nature of these crossings would change some things slightly. I would love your opinion.

    Thank you!


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