News tip from Kevin/Jody Co.
Anaheim just received a grant for for creating an additional 2.77 miles of sharrow bicycle lanes. This will be added onto 1.42 miles of existing sharrow bike lanes.
Below is a Q&A the Veggie Biker lifted straight off the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority web page. Short answer, it is where the city marks the street with the icon above to tell drivers you have to ride in the street because it is safer for you to do so.
There’s more news from the Happiest City on Earth. in a press announcement, it reported, “The City of Anaheim has recieved funding for 3.8 miles of Class II bike lanes and 4.2 miles of Class III sharrows along a continuous corridor totaling 8 miles. This route provides a vital link from West Anaheim to ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center) along the 4th District Bikeway Corridor.”
FAQ FOR SHARED ROADWAY MARKINGS
Q. I’ve seen these markings of a bike with two chevrons/arrows above it on the streets. What do they mean?
A. These are Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings which are intended to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars, to avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors, and to alert other road users to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes. These markings will also be used in situations where it may not be obvious where bicyclists should be riding, such as at intersections with multiple turn lanes.
Q. But on some streets, bicyclists riding over this marking will take the entire lane. Aren’t they supposed to move to the right?
A. Not always. According to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21202, bicyclists are to stay to the right except to pass other bicyclists or vehicles, to prepare to make a left turn, or when necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe to continue along the right, including fixed or moving objects, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes too narrow for a bicycle and vehicle to travel side by side.. Moving to the left in the lane to avoid car doors, for instance, even if it means taking the entire lane, is permitted by the CVC.
Q. Can’t bicyclists just look into parked cars as they ride and see if someone is about to open the door?
A. Bicyclists, like all road users, need to constantly scan the entire roadway for safety. Checking every car for a driver is difficult to do while paying attention to the road. Also, it is often impossible to see drivers due to large parked vehicles blocking the view of other parked vehicles, tinted windows, headrests, etc. Motorists should check their side view mirror or look back prior to opening their door. It is the driver’s responsibility should any collision occur (CVC Section 22517).
Q. If I see these markings in a lane, is the lane only for bikes?
A. No. This marking is used for travel lanes that are shared by bicyclists and motorists. Shared lanes are different than bike lanes which are set aside for bicyclists and are marked by a solid white line.
Q. So, if I don’t see these markings, then it’s not a shared lane and bicyclists aren’t supposed to be there?
A. No. Bicyclists can ride on any street in San Francisco except for limited access freeways with signs explicitly prohibiting them (such as I-280 or parts of US 101). Just as every street in San Francisco has a 25mph speed limit unless stated otherwise (even if there is no speed limit sign), bicyclists are allowed on every street regardless of whether there is a marking or sign for them, unless stated otherwise.
Q. Are these markings going to be on every street that does not have a bike lane?
A. No. These markings are used primarily on streets designated as part of the San Francisco Bicycle Route Network. As part of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, the SFMTA plans to install about 4,000 markings throughout the City between 2005 and 2012 along approximately 85 miles of streets. Additional sharrows may be considered on a case by case basis.
Q. I never used to see these markings. Why are they being used now?
A. Prior to 2005, there was no official marking to use on streets with shared lanes. The SFMTA led an effort to study various markings and develop an official marking that was adopted by Caltrans in 2005, making California the first state to officially adopt a marking for shared lanes.
Q. What does it mean when these markings are painted on top of a green rectangle, such as on Market Street?
A. Green-backed Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings are being tested by the SFMTA to enhance driver awareness of bicyclists and assist bicyclists with positioning in situations where bicyclists must merge.