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karen_jk
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see some sunshine has finally arrived!
emeraldsedai
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh me too! On so many levels!
layne67
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Does that sign mean "for bicycles only"?
emeraldsedai
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
No, those markings are called "sharrows" (like, share arrows) and are used to alert motorists that bikes are allowed to take the lane on these streets (i.e., not expected to hug a curb, or ride in a bike lane--bikes share the road).

The idea is to entice bike traffic away from busier streets, and to discourage non-local car traffic from powering through the neighborhood on these back streets, without actually prohibiting or forcing. It's experimental--the markings were just painted a couple of weeks ago, so we'll see how they go. I like 'em, my self. They give me a feeling of being explicitly allowed. On busier streets, I have a "right" to ride, but I don't feel like every motorist passing me by understands that. I'd rather be safe than right any day!
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