Protected intersections consist of kerb extensions that reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians, encourage vehicles to slow down when turning, and improve sight lines where vehicles intersect with cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists are protected from the motor vehicles by kerbs.
Guidance from the Netherlands
The Netherlands show how protected intersections can fit in the available space:
Guidance from VicRoads
VicRoads Traffic Engineering Manual Vol. 3 Part 2.16 recommends a protected design:
Two protected intersections have been built on Moray Street at Dorcas and Coventry Streets.
Intersection at Moray / Dorcas. Image credit: Nearmap.
Trial at Albert / Lansdowne Street
The Department of Transport (DoT), the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the City of Melbourne are trialling a protected intersection at Albert and Lansdowne streets. Construction is almost complete.
Proposal for Swan / Church Street
Learn more from this collection of design guides, including the NACTO guide to protected intersections: