Sharrows point bicyclists to safety

11:22 AM, Mar 8, 2010   |    comments
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Workers with the department have been placing the symbols, which show a bicycle logo with two arrows above, on 11 streets around Denver, including Logan Street. The sharrows, or sharing arrows, are meant to show bicyclists where to ride if there are parked cars on the street. The city says opening car doors are a serious danger for bicyclists and these symbols help them avoid accidents.

Emily Kreisa, a senior city planner with the City and County of Denver, says the markings also serve to remind drivers to share the road with bicyclists on busy streets.

"We feel that the neighborhood streets that have the low volumes are all bicycle friendly, so we focus the additional safety measures on medium to higher volume streets that really provide the links through the city, so we're really providing a connected network to important destinations," Kreisa said.

The sharrows are a part of the city's larger integrated bike plan, which also includes bike paths and bike lanes.

The project is funded as a part of the Better Denver bond levy, passed by voters in 2007. The bond provided funds to enhance city facilities and to maintain roads, including repaving and pavement markings.

"This is an overall piece of the whole entire budget puzzle to make sure that we are providing a safe environment for all of our roadway users," Kreisa said.

9NEWS Intern Allison Emanuele contributed to this story.

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