Folks, we need to start a petition drive or something. SDOT is seriously considering adding a sharrow at Latona and 40th. I know, right? A sharrow! Another example of big, lefty government gone amok. What are they thinking?
Also, what’s a sharrow?
The Seattle Bike Blog is apparently more clever about these things than we, having attended Wednesday’s Wallingford Community Council meeting at the Good Shepherd Center, where they heard SDOT’s plan:
The project will install an uphill bike lane on the east side of Latona, which is a one-way street. Currently, Latona is one very wide lane with bus service. There is street parking on the west side, but not the east.
The project will also install sharrows on Thackary, which is the downhill arterial counterpart to Latona.
So, what’s a sharrow, again? A sharrow is a street marking “placed in the center of a travel lane to indicate that a bicyclist may use the full lane. The name ‘sharrow’ was coined by Oliver Gajda, of the City and County of San Francisco Bicycle Program, as a combination of shared lane and arrow.”1
And why is it being added to at 40th and Latona? Well, as anyone who has tried to ride their bike up from the Burke Gilman knows, getting across 40th and then navigating up and across the rest of the hill is a bit of a dodgy experience (aside from the fact that the hill from the Burke to 40th is stupid steep…at least it’s short).
Anyway, we’re pretty much sure we’re for it, unless we’re against it. For the fullest discussion you could possibly imagine of the relative benefits of sharrows, chicanes and greenways, we recommend reading the comments section of the Seattle Bike Blog’s article on the topic.
Now, can we talk about a bicycle lift, instead?