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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Guess what Newport Beach City Council did within 30 days of two bicycle deaths?

After back to back bicycle deaths last year, Mayor Gardner led the Newport City Council to authorize the painting of sharrows as a first step to prevent further fatalities.  Why sharrows? Because it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make our streets safer for all riders whether they are going to school,  going to work, or recreational riding. "There are things we can control such as education and making basic road improvements," Gardner said. "Painting these sharrows in Corona del Mar is a part of that effort." The irony here is that Newport Beach, similar to Manhattan Beach and six other local cities that are part of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan already had these recommendations years earlier.  Unfortunately, it required blood on the pavement before the city responded. Closer to home, Hermosa Beach had also installed sharrows as well and has reported fewer bike collisions. The benefits of encouraging residents to ride their bikes more are numerous.  Not only...
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Just what is a “Sharrow” anyway?

A Bicycle Sharrow is a "shared road" that has bicycle symbols placed on the roadway lane to remind motorists that there may be people riding bikes.  Unlike bicycle lanes, they do not designate a particular part of the roadways for the exclusive use of bicycles.  In other words, automobiles can continue to drive on same part of the road. Bike Sharrows are designed primarily for safety as it tends to have a calming effect on traffic as well as keeping bikes off of sidewalks.  Moreover, bike sharrows also benefit pedestrians as drivers become more aware of their surroundings.  ...
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Public Forum – Sharrows on Hermosa Ave

A reminder - tomorrow, Wed Oct 20th at 7:00 PM is the Public Works Commissions public forum to discuss the sharrows that have been placed on Hermosa Ave and the potential (and planned) expansion of sharrows to other locations in Hermosa.  As of Monday, the Commission has received input from around 20 people in advance of the meeting and the results are fairly mixed with 35% in favor, 40% against and the remainder neutral.  We need active engagement of the cycling community in the discussions as well as strong support for this key initiative so please attend if you can (and bring supporters as well).   If you can not attend the forum, please submit your comments to the commission at bikemasterplan@hermosabch.org or call the Public Works Dept. directly at (310) 318-0214. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there. Details are found: http://e-govmail.com/jbin/pages/Bike_Lane_Meeting_Oct_10/index.htm...
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October Monthly Meeting Postponed – Come to the Hermosa Beach Forum on Sharrows

Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting which was to have taken place on Tuesday, October 19 is being postponed this month so that our members can instead attend an important meeting the following night in Hermosa Beach. We ask you to please join us at the Wednesday, October 20 public forum on bike Sharrows in Hermosa Beach.  The forum is being hosted by the Hermosa Beach Public Works Commission at  7 p.m. in City Council Chambers to determine the success of the bicycle sharrows implemented on Hermosa Avenue earlier this year.  We urge all members of the cycling community to weigh in on this key issue. The Public Works Commission also hopes to assess the potential of adding sharrows to other major Hermosa roadways with the help of riders and residents' input.  The following questions will assist in the discussion: • If you are a cyclist, do you feel safer with the sharrows on the road? • If you are a motorist,...
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Charlie Gandy Talks to South Bay Riders on 2nd Street, Belmont Shore Long Beach

On Oct 2, 2010 56 riders from the Beach Cities Cycling Club and the South Bay Bicycle Coalition rode their bikes from Redondo Beach to Long Beach to meet with Charlie Gandy, the City of Long Beach Mobility Coordinator. We got a tour from Charlie of his city's bicycle infrastructure, and the inside story on how it got built and how well it works. Of particular interest was the green painted sharrow lane down 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Charlie talked about that lane to our group after we rode it for ourselves. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLdIkR_-vR4...
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