So What's a Sharrow Anyway...? & 2010 Bike Maps now available!
Submitted by yvonne on 18 May, 2010 - 17:58
New shared lane pavement markings are being painted on downtown streets. These markings are called “sharrows” and are used to show the ideal cyclist position in the lane (away from the curb and parked cars), and to remind drivers to share the road.
The City first began using sharrow pavement markings in 2007 in select locations, but held off on widespread use until now. Beginning in 2010, sharrows will be used across the downtown core, beginning with College Street, from Lansdowne Avenue to Manning Avenue during the month of May. Transportation Services will be installing sharrows on Spadina Avenue, Bay Street, Lappin Avenue, Hallam Street and several other streets by the end of 2010.
Please read the FAQ attached below to learn more about sharrows, including how they are different from bike lanes.
Check out this great stop-motion video of sharrows being installed on College street on May 18th, it was created and submitted by one of our members!
Bike Maps – hot off the press
The 2010 Toronto Cycling Map is now being distributed across the city. Printed maps are free and will be available during the week of May 17th at Civic Centres, libraries, community centres and bicycle specialty shops. You can also order maps by calling 3-1-1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please specify "Bike Map" in the subject line.) View the map online at www.toronto.ca/cycling/map Or pick one up at one of the bike union's Bicycle Service Station setups this summer!