SHARROWS (SHARING THE ROAD with CARS, BUSES & BIKES)
In the Spring of 2015 the city commenced a pilot project for Sharrows--roads that are shared among cars, buses, and bikes. The ultimate goal of sharrows is to indicate where people should preferably cycle.
Sharrows do this in the following ways:
- Assist cyclists with lateral positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist impacting the open door of a parked vehicle.
- Assist cyclists with lateral positioning in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane.
- Alert motorists of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way.
- Encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists.
- Reduce the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.
Sharrow lanes have been installed in Park City on Prospector, Sidewinder, and Park Avenues between Empire and Heber. (N.B. this last roadway is inconsistent with the recommended criteria due to average daily use numbers but will be part of the study area for data-gathering purposes).
You can read the initial staff report presented to City Council on July 10, 2014.