Sharrows have now been in use for years in Southern California. You can see them throughout the City of LA, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and there are even Sharrows on Sepulveda in Culver City.
What are Sharrows?
Sharrows are simply asphalt markings that remind cars and bikers alike to comply with existing law. They do not change the rules of the road one. However they have been proven to increase drivers and cyclists compliance with the rules of the road. What most people forget is that people already can legally ride their bikes on America’s roads – Sharrows simply makes riding safer.
|Sharrows are also intended to alert drivers of the presence of bicyclists in the roadway and encourage caution. The benefits of the use of Sharrows are to:
Q. Why not just stripe bicycle lanes?
A. Often the answer is because there is not enough room for bicycle lanes. This is usually a result of a combination of a high demand for on-street parking and the inability to either eliminate a travel lane or narrow the existing travel lanes. It is also physically too difficult and prohibitively expense to widen the roadway
As part of South Bay Bike Master Plan process in 2011, the city held numerous public workshops, commission meetings, and council meetings that resulted in passage of our historic 10 year bicycle master plan. http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_19351901