17 Nov '11, 11am

Bike paths vs. Sharrows: Do sharrows work? Interesting article from @ellyblue

Bike paths vs. Sharrows: Do sharrows work? Interesting article from @ellyblue

A sharrow in Baltimore. Photo: Elly Blue Visiting Seattle last weekend, it was impossible not to notice that its streets are absolutely covered in sharrows. "It's almost like they polluted the streets with them," said Tom Fucoloro, proprietor of the Seattle Bike Blog , who took me on a walk through the city's Central District, pointing out its transportation features. A "sharrow" -- the word is an amalgamation of "arrow" and "share the road" -- is a larger-than-life thermoplastic symbol of a bicycle topped by two chevrons pointing the way forward. More technically known as "shared lane markings," they're intended to remind two-wheeled and four-wheeled road users alike to share with each other, and also to encourage people on bikes to take the lane when it's too narrow to ride side-by-side with car traffic. Sharrows have been increasing in popularity nationwide, and got a b...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-11-17-sharing-time-track...

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