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Lane markings remind motorists and bicyclists to safely share the road

Sharrow in San Francisco

The north-bound lane of Indian Street from E. Myrtle to Chestnut streets will soon be the first use of shared-lane pavement markings in Bellingham.

Shared lane markings (sometimes called “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best location to ride on the road, avoid car doors and alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists. Unlike bicycle lanes, shared lane markings do not designate a particular part of the street for the exclusive use of bicyclists. A shared lane marking is particularly suited to narrow, downhill street segments where motorist and bicyclist speeds are similar.

What do shared-lane markings mean for motorists and bicyclists?

Motorists:

Bicyclists:

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Published: Sep 21, 2012

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