Video: Russ Roca on YouTube
Note that the video features Charlie Gandy one of the elders of the bicycle advocacy movement who is now the Mobility Coordinator for the City of Long Beach. Long Beach City council has set a goalto become the most Bicycle Friendly City in America. A nebulous distinction, but I am sure they will settle for a platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community. The City is also the home of the first Bikestation.
The sharrow with green paint strip is an awkward description. Some have proposed that these enhanced shared lane markings be called bicycle priority lanes and are modeled after European advisory bike lanes.
Think of the possibilities that these lanes could offer for our narrow streets. How about Broad Street or any of the two lane-one way streets in Center City? Perhaps they could be considered as an option to replace some of the most acute door zone bike lane configurations like Spruce going eastbound between 38th and 34th. Could bicycle priority lanes be seen as acceptable bicycle facilities in some of our older first generation suburbs?
We say that bicycle priority lanes would be a great addition to the toolbox of innovative bicycle treatments in Philadelphia.