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:

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

Cian Ginty
I am editor of and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.


  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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