Thursday, March 24, 2011

Charlottesville to begin using sharrows

Sharrows, otherwise known as shared lane markings, were included as an official road treatment in the latest version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This was discussed in an earlier blog post:
Each state has two years to either adopt the MUTCD or develop a State MUTCD/supplement. Here's a site showing adoption status by state. Virginia plans to adopt the national MUTCD along with a State supplement by June 2011. The current draft of the Virginia supplement is now online.
According to an NBC news site, Charlottesville Plans to Install Sharrows This Spring. The City of Alexandria is currently using sharrows on an on-road section of the Mt. Vernon Trail. Those sharrows were part of an FHWA experiment, which allowed the city to use the markings before they were included in the MUTCD.

Since Virginia has not yet adopted the latest version of the MUTCD, we're wondering  if the use of sharrows in Charlottesville is experimental or whether the city can proceed without VDOT having adopted the state supplement? We have a long list of roads on which sharrows are needed in Fairfax, including Idylwood Rd between Hurst and Idyl Lane, Gallows Road where the bike lanes end crossing I-66, and elsewhere.

See a video of the news report. I believe the second woman interviewed is Heather Higgins of BikeCharlottesville (incorrectly identified as the traffic engineer). Kudos to BikeCharlottesville for helping to make the city more bike-friendly:

Labels: , ,


Post a Comment

Contact FABB via email:

Subscribe to the
FABB e-newsletter

Subscribe to posts:
[Atom 1.0] or [RSS 2.0]

  Bike to Work Day 2015 at Wiehle Station

  Transportation choices

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?