Do sharrows help drivers and cyclists share the street?

Posted by Bruce Siceloff on May 30, 2014 

— Raleigh and other cities are stenciling their streets with sharrows that are supposed to make it easier for bicyclists and automobilists to enjoy peaceful coexistence in traffic.

How’s that working out? Tell me.

Car drivers and bike riders, I’d like to hear from you. Please email me with your thoughts ( bruce.siceloff@newsobserver.com). Don’t forget to include your name, and let me know how I can reach you by phone Monday.

The sharrow (shared-lane arrow) symbol is a bicycle topped with twin chevrons. It’s supposed to remind car people to watch out for bike people.

And sometimes it provides guidance for cyclists: If this white-paint marking is in the center of the lane, that’s supposed to be a good place for the cyclist to ride. If it’s located closer to the right-hand edge of the lane, it’s a good idea for the cyclist to keep to the right.

We’ll be seeing more sharrows, and more bike lanes, on miles and miles of Raleigh streets in the next few years.

Some cyclists think sharrows are a poor substitute for separate bike lanes. Others say they seem to be a fair way to balance the interests of two- and four-wheelers. What do you think?

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