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Old March 21st 09, 11:18 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc,rec.bicycles.rides
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Sharrow Pilot Project

The City of Cincinnati will be launching a pilot project this spring to evaluate
the effectiveness of shared lane pavement markings (sharrows).

Sharrows create improved conditions for bicycling, by clarifying where cyclists
are expected to ride and reminding motorists to expect cyclists on the road.

In the absence of bicycle lanes, motorists often neglect to share the travel
lanes safely with cyclists, and cyclists feel compelled to ride closer to parked
cars. If somebody were to open a car door as a cyclist passed, the cyclist could
get ''doored'' and possibly get injured, especially if there was passing
automobile traffic. Also, when cyclists stay to the far right in narrow travel
lanes, passing motorists often pass too closely to the cyclists. This is not
only unnerving for the cyclist, but leaves little margin for error.

How can you help?
We need YOUR input in selecting corridors where sharrows will be installed and
studied for the pilot project.

Sharrows are typically installed on roadways:

With full-time on-street parking, where cyclists are in danger of being doored;
Without on-street parking, when the travel lane is too narrow for a motorist to
safely pass a cyclist without changing lanes.


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