Protected intersections are a revolutionary (for the United States) way to make intersections safer for cycling. They improve sight lines between drivers and cyclists, shorten the crossing distance and give cyclists a safe space to wait for a red light to turn green.
Two South Bay Cities are also currently designing protected intersections. Palo Alto is planning to build one at El Camino and Embarcadero, and Mountain View will build one at Shoreline Boulevard and Middlefield Road as part of upgrades to make way for a center-running bus lane on Shoreline.
The Bay Area seems to be following a national trend. The US now has 12 protected intersections, up from 4 last year. As huge protected intersection fans, we are happy to see this design gaining in popularity.