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Unusual Redwood City road markings are “sharrows” indicating that the lane is shared between bicyclists and motorists. Read more:

Motorists and bicyclists may have wondered about road markings seen on some Redwood City streets, for example on Canyon Road, Roosevelt Avenue, Edgewood RMany of you may have wondered about road markings you’ve seen on some Redwood City streets, for example on Canyon Road, Roosevelt Avenue, Edgewood Road, and Hopkins Avenue.

They’re painted on the pavement and depict a bicycle with two arrows, or chevrons, above the bike. These symbols are “shared roadway bicycle markings”- better known as “sharrows,” combining “shared lane” and “arrow” (see photo at www.redwoodcity.org/sharrows).

For bicyclists, sharrows indicate where to ride to avoid being in the “door zone” (i.e. too close to parked cars). The markings also remind cyclists to ride with the flow of traffic and not in the opposite direction, which is actually illegal. For motorists, sharrows alert drivers that the lane is shared and indicate where a bicyclist may be riding. I thought it was important to let you know what these are so that you, as a bicyclist or a motorist, are aware of their purpose and can keep an eye out for them.

These shared lanes are different from bike lanes, which are set aside for bicyclists and are marked by a solid white line and a different symbol. We typically use sharrows on streets with parallel parking where there is insufficient room for a full bike lane or where there are other constraints.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds us that: • Bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, and are subject to the same rules and regulations. • Motorists must look carefully for bicyclists before turning right, merging into bicycle lanes, and opening doors next to moving traffic.

You can click on the link below for more information about safe riding and driving as outlined in the DMV’s publication Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists: www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl37.htm.

Redwood City embraces the “Complete Streets” philosophy, to ensure that all city-owned and regional transportation systems are designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, comfortable, and independent access and travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. oad, and Hopkins Avenue.

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