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Sharrows

Shared-lane marking Shared Lane Pavement Marking a.k.a Sharrows

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.

What do sharrows mean for motorists and 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