RALEIGH — 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.
Hows that working out? Tell me.
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The sharrow (shared-lane arrow) symbol is a bicycle topped with twin chevrons. Its 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, thats supposed to be a good place for the cyclist to ride. If its located closer to the right-hand edge of the lane, its a good idea for the cyclist to keep to the right.
Well 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?