Bicycling is a key part of Dutch culture and the intersection design on Amsterdam streets reflects this progression. As a Torontonian who loves to bike our streets, I'm completely envious.
Here's a pic I snapped of a typical intersection in The Netherlands.
Instead of trying to explain how it works, I found this fantastic video that explains all much better than I ever could. Watch this:
Makes sense, doesn't it? Is there any chance Toronto would implement something like this? Lest we forget what our mayor once said.
I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day.