If you’ve driven down Hall Street since construction was completed, you may have noticed new bike lanes and sharrows, fulfilling a priority of the City's Mobility/Bike Action Plan.
What’s the difference between bike lanes and sharrows? Running curbside when no parking is present, bike lanes enable cyclists to ride at their preferred speed without interference from traffic and facilitate predictable behavior and movements between bicyclists and motorists. Conventional bike lanes run adjacent to parked cars on the right-hand side of the street or on the left-hand side of the street in specific situations. Conventional bike lane benefits include:
Sharrows, or shared lane markings where there is on-street parking, reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street and recommend proper bicyclist positioning. The shared lane marking is a pavement marking with a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network. Sharrows are utilized on sections of Hall Street for this purpose where on-street parking is maintained and designate. Sharrow marking benefits include: