A protected bike lane is not your typical bike lane.  It is separated from motorized traffic by curbs, planters, posts, parked cars, or elevation (like a sidewalk for bikes).  Other names for protected bike lanes are cycle tracks and separated bikeways.

Here's a video about protected bike lanes:

Read more about the Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. here.

Several cities in California have installed protected bike lanes, including our very own Mountain View!  Here are examples of others in California:

And People for Bikes is keeping an inventory here of the protected bike lanes across the country.

The perfect complement to protected bike lanes... are protected intersections.  Together, they make protected bikeways.

Here are some of our favorite articles about protected bike lanes: