Sharrows are something new — the first ones were laid down on a street in San Francisco in 2004, and most communities have yet to adopt them. There are only a few in Tallahassee — on Call Street downtown, on Killarney Way in Killearn Estates, on Velda Dairy Road, on Jackson Bluff Road and now on Miccosukee Road, by Kate Sullivan Elementary (that’s the school across the street).
Sharrows are designed to communicate. They tell cyclists where they should position themselves on the roadway (although in this case, maybe not — kind of close to the door zone). More importantly, they tell drivers to expect cyclists to be riding big in the lane.
Sharrows are cheaper to put down than bike lanes, and easier to accomplish — very little engineering required. In a situation similar to this one, where the road is wide and the traffic slow (there are three schools within the same block) sharrows work well, and a bike lane would be overkill.
The Committee for a Bikeable Community hopes to see more sharrows in Tallahassee and Leon County, to help drivers come to understand what “Share the Road” really means.
Good work by the Leon County public works staff. The placement of these sharrows make Miccosukee Road a better place for cyclists and help drivers accommodate other road users.
So share the love of sharrows with the Leon County Commission HERE.
December 12, 2010
Dave Moulton used to weld frames, and some fine ones, too. Now he blogs on cycling from his home in South Carolina (a long way from his native grounds in the U.K.).
Here’s an excerpt from his latest post, on sharrows:
“Bike lanes are a good idea on roads leading into a city center, where automobile speeds are high, and there are no parked cars.
But once you get into a business district where there are parked cars, speed limits need to be lowered and enforced, and cyclists’ sharing the lane is, in my opinion, safer.”
Read more at Dave’s page, http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/.