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First bike sharrow markings now on Meadow and Harrison Streets

WTVR Richmond: First bike sharrow markings now on Meadow and Harrison Streets

City has 80 lane miles of sharrow installation planned

Alix Bryan
November 21, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—
The city has begun it first installation of bicycle sharrows. Over the next year approximately 80 lane miles of sharrows will be installed, said the city.

The pavement markings are part of the city’s capital improvement plans and are intended to improve bicycling conditions on Richmond roads. The project is funded mostly by both the Commonwealth Transportation Board and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ).

Total costs of the project are estimated at $775,000, said the city in a press release.

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Sharrows are popular, urban solutions used in at least 26 U.S. cities to help move along mixed forms of transportation, according to the American Traffic Safety Services Association.

Specifically, sharrows are markings placed on pavement to indicate that bicyclists are also allowed full use of the lane.

“These marking will remind motorists that the road is shared with cyclists; encourage motorist to pass safely and should reduce wrong-way bicycling,” said Mayor Jones.

Unlike bicycle lanes, the symbols do not designate a particular part of the street for the exclusive use of bicyclists.

The pilot corridors for the sharrows are in the heavily-trafficked areas of Virginia Commonwealth University. Sharrow routes are Meadow Street from Broad Street to Cary Street and Harrison Street from Broad Street to Idlewood.