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Jun 25

Allentown Installs Bicycle Shared Lane Markings

What are these markings recently applied to Linden, Turner and other streets in Allentown?

 They are called Shared Lane Markings or Sharrows.

On Friday, June 28, 2013,  at Noon, cycling experts from CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, in cooperation with the Allentown Health Bureau, demonstrated the safest way to bicycle in traffic.  The demonstrations started the PennDOT offices at Tenth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown and traveled over many of the new Shared Lane Markings on Linden and Turner Streets.

Participating: PennDOT District 5 Bike/Ped Coordinator, Stephen Pohowsky; Captain Daryl Hendricks, Allentown Police Department Traffic; Officers Scott Magill and Dan Miller of the Allentown Police Bicycle Patrol; and Bo Koltnow from WFMZ TV, plus League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors, Steve Schmitt; Scott Slingerland; and Brian Sherry.

 This was NOT a group ride.  Cycling Instructor Brian Sherry rode with WFMZ TV reporter Bo Koltnow (See his story here).  Cycling Instructor Steve Schmitt rode with PennDOT Bike/Ped Coordinator, Stephen Pohowsky and Cycling Instructor Scott Slingerland spoke with a reporter from the Morning Call.  The Cycling Instructors were also interviewed by a reporter/photographer from the Express-Times.  The demonstration rides mimic conditions during a normal bicycle commute.

In Bethlehem, where Shared Lane Markings were introduced in 2009, bicycle behavior surveys conducted by CAT show 90% of cyclists travel the correct direction, while in Allentown only 60% of the cyclists travel the correct direction.

Shared Lane Markings remind cyclists to 

Travel in the street not on the sidewalk

Travel the same direction as other vehicles on the road

Stay far enough away from parked cars to avoid being “doored”

Shared Lane Markings remind motorists

Cyclists are expected to travel in the street and to use as much of the lane as necessary for optimal safety

See a video demonstration of cycling experts on a road similar to Linden & Turner Streets with Sharrows.

 This is the optimally safe way to be a part of traffic on your bike.  To take a course in how to ride in traffic check out Traffic Skills 101 classes on the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative website.

See video demonstrating how overtaking cars give more room to a cyclist further out in the lane.

See video demonstrating optimal lateral distance from parked cars for cyclists.

From the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) – FHWA

PennDOT supports bicycle education by reimbursing CAT for the cost of certified instructors.  PennDOT also pays for some of the costs incurred conducting bicycle behavior surveys.

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