Bicycle-Friendly Street Markings being Painted
Perhaps you've noticed the new bicycle-friendly street markings being painted on residential streets in Marion. They are being installed as recommended in the Master Trails Plan which was adopted in 2014. On street bike-friendly routes serve as a cost-effective option for multi-modal transportation.
BICYCLE BOULEVARD designations (left photo) are found on lower-volume, lower-speed neighborhood streets. The streets provide good access to destinations such as schools, parks and trails. The pavement markings serve as a reminder that the travel lane is shared.
SHARROWS (right photo) are found on streets with higher-traffic volumes and speed limits up to 30 MPH. They do not designate any part of the roadway as exclusive to motorists or bicyclists. They remind travelers to share the road.
When you drive:
- Keep an eye out for bicyclists who may be traveling in the same lane. They have a right to be there.
- Travel a safe distance behind bicyclists until it is safe to pass. A recommended clearance is at least 3 feet.
- You are allowed to drive on or over the markings. You are not restricted to driving to the left of the symbols.
When you bike:
- You may, but are not required to ride on or over the lane markings. Always ride where you feel most comfortable and safe.
- Always travel in the same direction as traffic.