Greenway Sharrows

SDOT crews were out on Monday at N. 43rd and Burke Avenue N. painting sharrows for the new Wallingford Greenway. This segment of the greenway connects with the existing crosswalk on Wallingford Avenue N. (which will remain, with some modifications) and continues west on N. 43rd to Stone Way N.

A reminder about sharrows from SDOT:

Shared lane pavement markings (or “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road, avoid car doors and remind drivers to share the road with cyclists. Unlike bicycle lanes, sharrows do not designate a particular part of the street for the exclusive use of bicyclists. They are simply a marking to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride and help motorists expect to see and share the lane with bicyclists.

Motorists:
• Expect to see bicyclists on the street
• Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows

Bicyclists
• Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane
• Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
• Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows

(P.S. When I saw these sharrows this morning, the first thing I thought of was the roundabout scene from National Lampoon’s European Vacation.)

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