Sharrows: Can’t we all just ride along same lanes?

A bicyclist yesterday rode in a sharrow on South 15th Street.

There’s now one more reason for motorists and cyclists in Center City to share the road peacefully: new sharrow lanes.

A sharrow is a shared lane marking for bikes and automobiles. It looks like a bike lane symbol with two arrows above it — a concept used on streets that are too narrow or too congested for dedicated bike lanes. The tool has been used in cities such as San Francisco, Portland and New York City, and one was recently installed on South 15th Street between Penn Square and Washington Avenue.

City transportation officials said others have been installed or will soon pop up on Christian Street in South Philadelphia and Main Street in Manayunk. It is part of the city’s plan to extend the bike network to cover 300 miles.

“The purpose of those is to direct cyclists to just use that one lane and to alert motorists that they should expect to see cyclists in that lane,” said Andrew Stober, from the city’s Office of Transportation.

The sharrows are on the left side of the street, typically four feet from parked cars to maximize visibility for drivers and cyclists.

How’s ride in bike lanes?

Stober said officials are still studying the effects of pilot bike lanes on 10th and 13th streets in Center City before issuing a final report.

The lanes could become the first north-south paths dedicated strictly to cyclists. They will be extended north to Spring Garden Street next month, Stober said, following the completion of road work by PennDOT. 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Local

New York-based Century 21 store coming to The…

The former Strawbridge & Clothier building will once again host a department store. City officials on Thursday announced New York-based Century 21 Department Stores will…

National

Electric Zoo tickets on sale Tuesday as festival…

Electric Zoo tickets go on sale Tuesday. The festival announced plans to amp up security after two attendees died last year from apparent drug overdoses.

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

MLB

The return of Cole Hamels brings optimism

Cole Hamels’ quality start Wednesday was a nice change of pace from his recent season debuts.

MLB

Tony Gwynn Jr. a nice surprise for Phillies

Tony Gwynn Jr. has been a plus in every way for the Phillies.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Food

Hai Street Kitchen opening in Rittenhouse May 22

Japanese cuisine will get a Chipotle-style twist at Hai Street Kitchen & Co., a new casual, quick-food restaurant opening near Rittenhouse Square on May 22.…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.