|Not a bike lane, but a bike-friendly street|
What Is That Funny Marking?
If painted on a road, it is a sharrow (a mix of the words 'share' and 'arrow'). If displayed on a sleeve, you are addressing a Corporal in the Bicycle Army.
Is It The Same As A Bike Lane?
No. It marks a lane shared by vehicles and bikes.
So What's The Point?
A sharrow is a visual reminder that bicyclists share the road, and offers an ideal 'line' for bicyclists to take on the street. They have many uses, such as bridging a gap in a bike lane network (example: on Pine between 23rd and 22nd St).
|Is a bike lane|
They are placed 11 feet from the curb if there is on-street parking, to guide cyclists away from the "door zone." Without on-street parking, they are placed 4 feet from the curb. Riding away from the curb keeps bicyclists away from debris and discourages unsafe passing by motor vehicles.
Did San Francisco Invent This Crap?
Sorry, yes. The concept was developed in San Fran as an improvement upon an existing, more confusing symbol.
When Were Sharrows Included In The Manual Of Uniform Traffic Control Devices?
We get this question a lot. It was added in 2009.
Are They As Good As A Bike Lane?
Nope. They aren't recommended for streets with speed limits of 35 mph or higher. If a street can support a bike lane, a bike lane make the road safer for everyone.
So, Sounds Like A Bicycle-Friendly Addition To A Street, But Not As Great As A Bike Lane.
Yup. Ride safe!