Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Fairfax Co gets first sharrows
The sharrows were installed this week. While not a panacea, they do indicate to motorists that they should expect bicyclists in the road. They indicate to cyclists where it's safest to ride, not hugging the white line or curb but into the lane. On a lane that cannot be shared safely with a motorist (less than 14 feet), cyclists should ride so that motorists aren't tempted to pass unsafely in the same lane. They should either move to the adjacent lane if possible or wait until it's safe to pass.
This is great, and thanks for your work on this road. I use this road every Tuesday during the summers as I ride to pick up my CSA farm share in Falls Church. The spot on Westmoreland where it narrows is one of the most difficult spots for me, as the road inclines steeply in addition to narrowing. Hopefully sharrows will help increase awareness.