Cycle path design: Dutch-style vs Dublin-style protected junctions

SHORT-READ / COMMENT & ANALYSIS: A number of recent articles have featured or made reference to protected junction, both the tried and test Dutch design and the experimental Dublin design — this image from Limerick Cycle Design explains the main difference:'s reader-funded journalism won't survive without your help. With over 762,000 views so-far this year, it's not just "avid cyclists" who read this website, but, if you want it to keep going, more support is needed from readers like you. Now, back to the article...

Here’s a glimpse of the first Dublin-style design in action which this website reported on last week:

Probably the best explanation of how Dutch protected junctions work is provided by


  1. The key point is that Irish motorists when tuning left rarely check their blind spot. This running over cyclists. This happened at a roundabout near me, killing a cyclist. Dutch designs force the motorist to take a wider turn crossing the bike lane at right angles so you can clearly see a cyclist. The’Dublin’ design seems wrongheaded and poorly thought out.

  2. Brilliant article. Sums up the entire case for protected junctions in one picture. There simply is no excuse for anything less.


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