• Richmond, VA installing 80 lane miles of sharrows

    by  • November 22, 2011 • Traffic Control • 2 Comments

    Virginia city moves forward with ambitious, active transportation safety plan while Newark would rather spend millions to encourage more cars downtown.

    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)— The city has begun its first installation of bicycle sharrows. Over the next year approximately 80 lane miles of sharrows will be installed, said the city.

    The pavement markings are part of the city’s capital improvement plans and are intended to improve bicycling conditions on Richmond roads. The project is funded mostly by both the Commonwealth Transportation Board and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ).

    Total costs of the project are estimated at $775,000, said the city in a press release.

    Sharrows are popular, urban solutions used in at least 26 U.S. cities to help move along mixed forms of transportation, according to the American Traffic Safety Services Association.

    Specifically, sharrows are markings placed on pavement to indicate that bicyclists are also allowed full use of the lane.

    “These marking will remind motorists that the road is shared with cyclists; encourage motorist to pass safely and should reduce wrong-way bicycling,” said Mayor Jones.  [Read on …]

    2 Responses to Richmond, VA installing 80 lane miles of sharrows

    1. Scott
      November 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      If the sharrows are supposed to “indicate that bicyclists are also allowed full use of the lane” then why did they place them to the far right?

    2. November 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Don’t go by the photo in the post – it is a random find on the internet, so not sure exactly where that was. One possibility is that they are using sharrows as a wayfinding tool. For example, sharrows are commonly used in Portland to create bike boulevards.

      In any case, there are specific guidelines (i.e. distance from curb, edgeline, etc) that should be followed. Here in Delaware, everything is strictly by the MUTCD.

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