Guess what seems to have reduced bicycle crashes in Long Beach by 70%?

Ever since installing sharrows in 2009, there has been a significant reduction of bicycle accidents in this area of Long Beach from a high of 43 in 2009 to 12 in 2012.  According to Long Beach City's Bicycle Coordinator, Alan Crawford, “We really wanted to go in and see what the data showed us,” Crawford said. “Having six full years has given us confidence that the sharrows are working as intended.” While correlation does not necessarily prove causality, it sure seems to be one heck of a coincidence.  See full story here Again, Sharrows do not change any rules of the road, but allow bike riders and automobile drivers alike to better share the road together.  ...
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Just the facts – What Federal and County research says about Sharrows

It was a full house at a town hall meeting last night in Manhattan Beach as both City Staff and Police Chief Irvine educated the residents about Sharrows.  As over 50 cities have already proven, the painting of inexpensive Sharrows create a safer city for bike riders, pedestrians, as well as drivers.  These Sharrows have been painted on busy roads, residential streets, narrow streets, wide streets, and even streets with small hills. While both sides agreed that Manhattan Beach is deficient in safe streets for riding bicycles as well as a desire to improved enforcement for both drivers and motorists to follow the rules, most of those in support expressed the very real opportunity that the Master Bicycle Plan presents - a desire to see more children and residents choosing to ride their bikes around town once the recommendations could be implemented. For further reference, here are two reports, one Federal, and one by LA County...
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What a Sharrow does not do!

While Sharrows are becoming more and more popular throughout the United States as a way to create safer communities by reducing accidents, Sharrows, or "shared roads" sometimes it is easier to explain what Sharrows do not do: Sharrows effectively do not create anything new as the painted markings on the street only mean to reinforce existing law. Sharrows do not create any new laws or rights-of-way for bike riders. ...
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