Nicholas Popa, P.E. City of Columbus, Department of Public Service Project Manager 109 North Front Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 645-0543 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rick Tilton City of Columbus, Department of Public Service Assistant Director 645-7263
The City of Columbus proposes to install 189 pavement markings or “sharrows” (pictured) on High Street between Nationwide Boulevard and Morse Road in spring 2010. These pavement markings are part of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan adopted by City Council in 2008 and would serve as companion signage to 54 Share the Road signs installed on the same section of North High Street in the fall of 2009.
The word SHARROW is a combination of SHared lane and ARROW. Shared-lane pavement markings, or sharrows, are bicycle symbols. The graphics are intended to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride, avoid opened car doors and remind drivers to share the road with cyclists. Shared lanes are different than bike lanes which are set aside for bicyclists and marked by a solid white line and a different symbol. Several cities have already installed sharrows, including Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami Beach, Pittsburgh, Portland and Salt Lake City.