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Re: “Trust the Sharrow: It's the answer to everything from high-speed rail to the national debt

FYI I've cycled the length of Hillsborough Street about a dozen times since it's been reduced to one lane in each direction and have had no problems riding in the center of the lane - no horn honks. The traffic moves slower than it did at two lanes per direction, so I'm usually keeping up with traffic anyway. Of course, I biked Hillsborough daily when I attended State ('91-'97) and had no problems then either - I just rode in the center of the outside lane and drivers changed lanes to pass.

Posted by sggoodri on 08/06/2010 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Trust the Sharrow: It's the answer to everything from high-speed rail to the national debt

Bob,

Thanks for the discussion on sharrows and bike lane design. I used to think bike lanes might work better than wide lanes, but my experience with numerous before/after conversions and literature search into the matter has changed my mind. Bike lanes might work okay on some limited access thoroughfares with abundantly wide pavement , no on-street parking and very few junctions; Hillsborough Street is the opposite, and is exactly the worst type of street for striped bike lanes. The pavement isn't wide enough for a bus to pass a cyclist at safe distance if the cyclist is safely outside the opened door of a car, and the bus can't move farther left due to the median.

Posted by sggoodri on 08/06/2010 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Trust the sharrow

I have biked Hillsborough Street quite a bit before and after the reconstruction, and I am convinced that the safest and easiest way to ride it is to stay far enough into the lane to prevent same-lane passing. That way you don't get clobbered between a passing bus and an opening car door. There simply isn't enough space to allow bus traffic to pass a cyclist staying a safe distance from the door zone. Besides, most of the time a cyclist is going the same speed as other traffic - or worse, cyclists might be tempted to pass congestion on the right where drivers aren't expecting them.

My vote: Put the sharrows in the center of the 11' travel lane. This will encourage cyclists to ride more safely, and help legitimize their control of the lane, but they can still move to the right if and when they want, such as to let traffic pass on an uphill stretch where there are no parked cars.

Posted by sggoodri on 08/05/2010 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Trust the Sharrow: It's the answer to everything from high-speed rail to the national debt

Shared use works well for vehicles with similar maneuverability and rules - like cars and bikes - and not so well for radically different maneuverability and rules, like cars and trains. Trains can't move/merge laterally in response to gaps in traffic; they either move forward, or they don't.

I have biked Hillsborough Street quite a bit before and after the reconstruction, and I am convinced that the safest and easiest way to ride it is to stay far enough into the lane to prevent same-lane passing. That way you don't get clobbered between a passing bus and an opening car door. There simply isn't enough space to allow bus traffic to pass a cyclist staying a safe distance from the door zone.

My vote: Put the sharrows in the center of the 11' travel lane. This will encourage cyclists to ride more safely, and help legitimize their control of the lane, but they can still move to the right if and when they want, such as to let traffic pass on an uphill stretch where there are no parked cars.

Posted by sggoodri on 08/05/2010 at 12:17 PM

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