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Newton has a few really large intersections, and even fewer that have bicycle lanes, so far. While cyclists may regret the current state of our streets, it presents an opportunity: we can watch what Boston and Watertown do, and make our lanes even better.

Here’s a Dutch critique of the traditional (American) treatment for a bicycle lane approaching and crossing an intersection–something we are now treating with merge lanes, “bike boxes,” and funny arrows–if we treat them at all.

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What do you think? Do we have the room for these? And if so, would you feel safer–as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian–if this is what our intersections looked like?