Sharrows

Another design feature we have incorporated in our proposal is the use of ‘sharrows’.

Sharrows are ‘shared space arrows’ and look like a bike stencil with two chevrons above it. They indicate a space where the cyclist may need to ‘take the lane’ for their own safety, or need to keep out of a car door zone. They also indicate to motorists that cyclists may be on the road.

These have been trialled in Wellington, and have been approved for regular use.

They are best used where the speed difference between cyclists and motorists is minimal, such as on a downhill. While not a ‘best practice’ solution, they may be suitable for commuter routes, or on roads where space is limited and a separated lane on both sides is not an option. We would also encourage their use at roundabouts.

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