Main Street Bike Sharrow Markings

From DPW Director Theriault:

What is that new bike symbol on Main Street? 

I never thought you’d ask.  It’s a shared lane marking also known as a “sharrow” which is used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles.  That means bicyclists CAN and SHOULD be riding down the same travel lane as VEHICLES in order to avoid the “door zone” of parked cars.  There are many safety benefits to incorporating these lane markings into Goffstown Village Rebuild Project.  These have been installed under the recommended guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  See below to learn more. 

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  1. Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist's impacting the open door of a parked vehicle,
  2. Encourages bicyclists to position themselves safely in lanes too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to comfortably travel side by side within the same traffic lane.
  3. Alerts motor vehicle drivers to the potential presence of bicyclists.
  4. Alerts road users of the lateral position bicyclists are likely to occupy within the travel lane.
  5. Advertises the presence of bikeway routes to all users.
  6. Provides a wayfinding element along bike routes.
  7. Encourages safe passing by motorists.
  8. Requires no additional street space.
  9. Reduces the incidence of sidewalk riding.
  10. Reduces the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.