As a cyclist, today felt like Christmas to me as I biked on Pacific Coast Hwy 101 and saw the freshly painted sharrows and new expanded bike lanes in Encinitas/Leaucadia. My level of safety and security went up several notches as I cruised along the Pacific Coast Highway.
About 1.5 years ago my friend and I were cycling down “the 101” and based on the width of the lane (two lanes available in both directions) and parked cars to the right we were riding two abreast as even if we were riding single file a car couldn’t safely drive next to a single file rider. A motorcycle cop pulled us over and issued my friend who was on the outside a $200 ticket! She pursued this in court based on the rules of the road and even the court mediator wasn’t up-to-speed on the rules of the road in terms of cycling and she had to pay the ticket. With that being said if some police and courts don’t know cyclists road rights the average motorist is not going to know what a sharrow is so I thought it might be helpful to provide the definition for those that are not familiar with the marking and what it means as I only learned about this after she got here ticket and educated me on them.
A shared-lane marking or sharrow is a street marking installed at locations in Australia, Canada, and the United States. This marking is placed in the center of a travel lane to indicate that a bicyclist may use the full lane.
Here is a recent article about the challenges this initiative has had but happy to see it prevailed.
Thanks for sharing the road!