Silver Spring, MD Is Getting The Region’s First ‘Protected Intersection’ — But What Is It?

The “protected intersection” near Downtown Silver Spring at 2nd Avenue and Spring Streets will have four concrete islands that will slow down turning vehicles. Stop lines will be set farther back in the intersection and cyclists will be routed away from cars to make riders more visible, says Matt Johnson, a transportation planner for Montgomery County.

He adds that slowing speeds for everyone reduces the likelihood of crashes with critical injuries or fatalities.

While plastic posts have been installed in some areas to achieve similar goals, planners say this protected intersection, with its specific infrastructure for cyclists, is among the first of its kind in the region.