The Lincoln County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee wants drivers and bicyclists to be on the lookout for new “Sharrows” that have been placed on roadways around the county: Yaquina Bay Road, Otter Crest Loop and East Devils Lake Road. Sharrows are painted on pavement to remind motorists that there are bicyclists on these roads and that drivers should be very aware of their surroundings and bicyclists that may not be as visible as a driver might think.
The new bike sharrows are located in the following locations:
• Yaquina Bay Road – MP 11.3 to MP 12.2
• Otter Crest Loop- MP 1.9 to MP 2.6 (Look Out south to the Inn at Otter Crest)
• East Devils Lake Road- MP 1.4 to MP 1.7
What do these sharrow markings mean for bicyclists?
Sharrows are used to assist bicyclists with positioning on a shared roadway. Sharrow markings are also meant to remind bicyclists to share the road with motorists. Sharing the road means bicyclists should:
• Ride your bicycle predictably
• Follow the rules of the road
• Watch for motorists when making lane changes and turns
• Ride in the correct direction of travel at all times
What do these sharrow markings mean for motorists?
Sharrow markings are used to alert motorists of the location a bicyclist may occupy within the travelled way. Sharrow markings are also meant to remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists. Sharing the road means motorists should:
• Drive your vehicle predictably
• Follow the rules of the road
• Watch for bicyclists when making lane changes and turns
• When parked, check for bicyclists before opening your door
• Be respectful of both bicyclists and pedestrians
Be aware that bicyclists are vulnerable to different hazards than drivers (e.g. minor pot holes and debris), so give them space to maneuver. Even where there are no sharrows or bike lanes, motorists should always share the road.
Why are some sharrow markings in the middle of the travel lane? Aren’t cyclists supposed to move to the right?
Some sharrows are positioned in the middle of the travel lane in order to pull the bikes out into the lane which will prohibit the tendency of vehicles to go left of center to pass. As street and lane widths vary, so too does the position of the sharrow. Bicyclists are expected to use these markings as a guide to positioning themselves safely. Bicyclists should remain positioned in the sharrow “path” to avoid weaving in and out of travel lanes.
Should cyclists and motorists only share the road in lanes with sharrow markings?
Cyclists and motorists should share the road on all these streets regardless of whether there are pavement marking or signs encouraging them to do so.
By the way, the Lincoln County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking members to help advise the county commission, public works department and others concerned as to where bike sharrow signs should be painted onto road and highway surfaces. Members are especially needed for the eastern and southern reaches of Lincoln County. To apply to serve on this valuable committee, simply click here.