Bike Sharrow Stencil @ UCLA.

 

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is looking for volunteers to count and survey cyclists at six key locations where the City of Los Angeles will paint bicycle shared lane markings, or  ‘sharrows’, as part of a pilot project.

For the unfamiliar, bicycle sharrows are roadway treatments (see photo above) used to help delineate a cyclist’s path of travel, typically used on roadways too narrow to fit a conventional bike lane.  Bicycle sharrows position the cyclist outside of a parked vehicle’s door zone, as well as alerts motorists that cyclists are on, and share the road. A study conducted by the San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic and Alta Planning + Design, showed that bicycle sharrows not only position the cyclists outside of the vehicle door zone, but also increase the distance motorists pass cyclists, and also decrease wrong-way riding, all of which increase bicycle safety.

Given the success of the San Francisco Study and current implementation of bike sharrows, Los Angeles closely followed suit. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in March by LA City Council, along with LADOT, LACBC,  the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the David Bohnett Foundation. Part of the MOU stipulated that LACBC would conduct bicycle counts and survey cyclists prior to the sharrow implementation.

The counts/surveys will be conducted in May at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday May 11th, 7-9am
  • Tuesday May 11th, 4-6pm
  • Saturday May 15th, 11am-1pm
  • Locations (general neighborhoods, exact locations when you sign up):

    1. Venice
    2. Reseda
    3. North University Park
    4. Holmby Hills
    5. Koreatown
    6. East Hollywood

    If you’re interested in helping, email the LACBC at sharrows@la-bike.org . With the success of this project, bike sharrows will be a more commonly used roadway treatment, and will be a progressive step toward making Los Angeles a more bicycle friendly city.