Comment 119989

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted September 12, 2016 at 12:50:40 in reply to Comment 119987

While the sharrows marker is normally a silly invention, I do like the sharrows-style printing on the road with a bike and an arrow saying "bike go here" for clarifying things like this. For example, in Westdale there's a tiny contra-flow lane on Cline at King that uses one, and another one on King Eastbound as it goes from two-way to one-way directing cyclists to bike onto the island. As soon as these markers fade, I start seeing cyclists get confused and cause trouble - crossing to the King lanes mid-block instead of at the island, going the wrong-way up the contra-flow lane on Cline - that one nearly caused a head-on collision for me once. The Cline/King intersection could benefit from a conventional sharrows marker to clarify to cyclists that the narrow bike lane is strictly for cyclists coming from king, not going to King.

tl;dr: Sharrows are dumb for warning driver "cyclist has the right to bike in this space" but sharrows-like indicators are handy for "bikes should go in here and go in this direction" where it is non-obvious to the rider.

Comment edited by Pxtl on 2016-09-12 12:58:42

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