Photos, first impressions of new sharrows on St Johns Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 14th, 2012 at 11:33 am

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ODOT installed 16 sharrows on the
St Johns Bridge Saturday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

On Saturday night, the Oregon Department of Transportation installed sharrows and new signs on the St. Johns Bridge. Their “St. Johns Bridge Safety Awareness Project” was done in order to, “encourage motorists to be aware that the bridge and roadway is a shared facility and that bicyclists may opt to travel on the roadway.”

They have placed eight sharrows in each direction, as well as adding two new “Bicycles on Roadway” signs mid-span. They also moved an existing sign at the westbound entry to a more visible location because it was partially blocked by a speed sign.

I rolled out to see everything myself this morning. My impression is that, while it’s nice to see ODOT acknowledge the bike access problems on this bridge, these sharrows and signs do not make this a more pleasant place to ride. Then again, that was not ODOT’s mission. As the name of the project implies, the new markings and signs will only increase awareness that people have the legal right to ride bicycles on the bridge. That’s helpful, but it’s a far cry from what should be the ultimate goal — to make the bridge a more viable (and less stressful) option for people on bicycles. [Read more…]

Sharrows and a biking mayor in coastal town of Newport

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 16th, 2011 at 11:18 am

City crews installed sharrows on
6th Street in Newport this morning.
(Photo: Daniella Crowder)

The small coastal town of Newport, Oregon continues to show exciting signs of life for bicycling.

Reader Daniella Crowder (she’s also co-owner of the Bike Newport bike shop) tells us the City of Newport is installing sharrows this morning on 6th Street. Crowder says she thinks Newport is the first coastal community in Oregon to use sharrows.
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Sharrows, sharrows everywhere! (And many more to come)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 9th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

A family rides by new sharrow markings recently installed in N. Concord Avenue.
(Photos © J Maus)

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Imagine 1,200 sharrows ‘blanketing’ downtown Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

A project currently on the shelf at PBOT would place markings like this (which happens to be in Seattle) every 100 feet on every lane on nearly every street in downtown Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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City discussing sharrows on new transit mall

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 8th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Bicycle Master Plan ride #3

A sharrow in action on
NW 9th in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet are discussing the idea of installing shared lane markings (a.k.a. sharrows) on the entire length of the new downtown transit mall.

Sharrows are a type of pavement marking that are placed on streets with relatively heavy and/or high motor vehicle speeds, where there is not sufficient space to put a bike lane, and where bikes and cars share the same travel lane (for more on sharrows, see this fact sheet published by PBOT).
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