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Sharrows (on street bike symbol)

Peoria, IL
Sharrows (on street bike symbol)

Part of a financially sustainable city is urban density. Part of a vibrant downtown is the necessity of people being outside, and out of their cars.

Getting around by bicycle plays with both of these aspects, but most Peorians don't feel like they belong on the road. As a result, people ride on the sidewalk, or not at all.

"Sharrows" (share+arrow road marking) help people on bikes and in cars understand where bikers should be, don't sacrifice any driving lanes, and are easier to add and remove than bike lanes.

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Christopher Callen Peoria, IL

" NICE! " However, the way people drive nowadays, city bicyclists will be lucky that (see photo) doesn't indicate the scene of their demise.

Jim Wittmer Peoria, IL

We need to be sure that bicycle traffic travels in the same direction as vehicle traffic. Auto drivers are not expecting vehicles on their right side traveling in a opposite direction.

Sarah Gray Peoria, IL

Shareows are a food reminder to cars to look out for bikes and an indicator of routes that are likely to be more frequented by bicycles.

Zach Borders Oak Park, IL

"A recent study undertaken by University of Colorado Denver researchers Nick Ferenchak and Wesley Marshall examined safety outcomes for areas of Chicago that received bike lanes, sharrows, or no bicycling infrastructure at all. The study was conducted before Chicago had much in the way of protected bike lanes, so in this case no distinction was made between types of bike lanes. The study concluded that, while bike lanes encourage more people to ride and lead to increased safety for people on bikes, sharrows do neither." -