Thursday, May 16, 2013

WNJ: In Newark, a visual reminder for cars, bikes to share the road

Wilmington News Journal on May 11

In time for national Bike to Work Week, Newark is installing “sharrow” pavement markings along East Main Street, reminding motorists and bicyclists to share the road.

City workers began placing the markers along the one-way corridor Thursday between Library Avenue and the Deer Park Tavern, according to city staff.

“Sharrows help position bicyclists within the lane and alert motorists to the presence of bicycles,” said Heather Dunigan, a planner with the Wilmington Area Planning Council.

“Improving bicycling on Main Street has emerged as a major concern we’ve heard during the Newark Bicycle Plan development.”

The sharrows, which cost about $3,000, are reflective chevrons with a symbol of a cyclist in a helmet. City Manager Carol Houck considers them a step in transitioning Newark to a “more bicycle-friendly” community, she said in a statement.  [full article...]

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