You may have spotted these new markings along Pine Street, but what exactly do they mean? After the jump, find out more about VT’s first stencil of this kind and what they are trying to convey. Hint: They don’t mean bike tenting ahead…
They call them Sharrows (a combination of share and arrow) and they are placed in the roadway lane to indicate that motorists should expect to see and share the lane with bicycles. Unlike bicycle lanes, they do not designate a particular part of the roadway for the exclusive use of bicycles.
Bicyclists: Use the sharrow as a guide for where to ride within the lane.
Motorists: Expect to see bicyclists in the street.
Bravo to Burlington’s DPW for installing these new lane markings and encouraging the Share the Road mantra. DPW has a full explanation of the sharrow here: www.dpw.ci.burlington.vt.us/transportation/bikewalk/docs/SLM_webinfo.pdf
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