Sharrows Get the Point Across on Catalpa Drive
New road markings initially leave some drivers puzzled.
The sharrows are here!
What's a sharrow, you ask? Well, they're essentially street markings and signage that let motorists know they're supposed to "share" the road with bicyclists.
"I saw the markings. They are in the middle of the road," said Johnny Miller of Ferndale. "It looks like you are going to get a ticket if you drive on Catalpa now. It looks like it's a big bike lane."
That, of course, is not the case. The new road surface markings are part of the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan to make Royal Oak a safer city for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
"A sharrow is not an indication of where you should ride your bike," said Interim City Engineer Matt Callahan. "It's a reminder for drivers to be alert for potential bicyclists sharing the road."
Catalpa Drive is one of 10 routes recommended for shared-lane markings, the others are Lincoln Avenue, 11 Mile Road, Gardenia Avenue, Webster Road, Normandy Road, Main Street, Washington Avenue, Coolidge Highway and Greenfield Road.
As the city gets into areas where there is roadwork to be done it incorporates the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan into the construction, Callahan said.
Also new on Catalpa Drive is a left turn lane between Main Street and Washington Avenue.
Want to know how use public roads safely and enjoyably? Callahan recommends reading What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.