Shared lane pavement markings
(sometimes called “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols carefully placed to
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. They are simply a marking used on selected
streets to remind motorists and bicyclists that they share the lane, guide
bicyclists' position in the travel lane, and encourage motorists to safely
pass 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?
• Expect to see bicyclists on the street
in the travel lane
• Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
• If the lane is too narrow, wait until the lane widens or until it is
safe to change lanes before passing
• Use the shared lane marking to guide where you ride within the lane
• Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
• Ride with the flow of traffic
Bicyclists and motorists both have a right to use our streets,
and both have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road.
Contact the Transportation Options Coordinator in
the Public Works Department main office.