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2016-02-08 21:05:20.650474+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

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#Comment Re: Sharrows made: 2016-02-08 21:22:54.838904+00 by: Mars Saxman [edit history]

For the first couple years after Seattle started painting sharrows on its streets, I thought they were a sort of soft bike lane, telling cars to hug the left edge of the lane and make space for bicyclists. I think this was because the sharrows were generally painted on the right edge of the lane. I dutifully attempted to avoid driving on the sharrows, since that seemed to be what they meant, and was... kind of disgusted when I found out they meant literally nothing more than "share the road"! That is supposed to be the rule everywhere! Sharrows therefore communicate *zero information* and as a busy, intrusive element that occupies part of the visual-communication environment one could say they actually *reduce* the overall information level. Get rid of 'em and good riddance.

#Comment Re: Sharrows made: 2016-02-08 21:41:30.98164+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, one hypothesis is that especially the ones painted right-aligned tend to both make drivers feel more entitled to the left hand of the lane, and make cyclists hug the right, which puts them in the door zone and makes motorists more likely to pass in unsafe conditions.

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