“Sharrows” coming to NW Portland streets

Some great news about a new bike lane marking called “sharrows”.

From the Portland Tribune:

Sometime in the next few months, the city will start using shared-lane pavement markings, known as “sharrows,” along 12 city blocks, mostly on Northwest 18th and 19th avenues. The markings will depict a cyclist as well as arrows, indicating motorists may use the lane but must yield to bicyclists.

According to Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator for the city of Portland,

“The intent is to show cyclists where to position themselves in travel lanes away from parked cars and let motorists know to expect cyclists will be there,” “When it works, it will function well for people riding
bikes and still work well for automobiles.”

I have never seen these markings myself, but I’m curious to see how they work in real life situations.

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John
John
17 years ago

Sharrows…. There’s a couple of pix and a good discussion on the pro’s and con’s at

http://www.labreform.org/bestpractice.html

-John

Fritz
17 years ago

I think they originated in Denver where they’re effective, and the city of Boulder, CO has recently started using them. I really like sharrows personally. It shows much more effectively than a bike lane that bikes belong on the road. The best info I’ve seen on the topic is at http://www.bicycledriving.com/bfz/arrow.htm

Jessica
Jessica
17 years ago