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Sharrows Roll Into CDM

Fifty sharrows are painted along East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

Crews painted sharrows along East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar late Wednesday in an attempt to make the roadways safer.

The Sharrows, or shared lane markers, were painted along East Coast Highway between MacArthur and Poppy avenues. City officials say the 50 painted markings will be in the traffic lane to help bicyclists avoid dooring, or when a car door is opened in front of a moving bicyclist, and to promote safer passing by vehicles. In addition, the sharrows will help increase the visibility of bicyclists to approaching motorists.

"It brings greater awareness to the driver to be aware of cyclists, plus I think it's a great message for both groups, as stated in the banners--same road, same rules," Mayor Nancy Gardner told Patch. "Share that lane, follow the traffic law.  If both groups do that it will be a safer stretch of highway."

Sharrows are not bike lanes, but instead are used to help guide bicyclists on the road and to help drivers anticipate and share the traffic lane with bicyclists.

"We just need drivers to know bikes are there, and bikes to know drivers are there," Newport Beach police Lt. Jeff Lu said. "We will be increasing our presence to make sure everyone gets along on the roads."

Last week the city placed police trailers flashing the messages, "Sharrows Coming Soon, "Bikes May Use Full Lane" and "All Users Drive/Ride Safely" on East Coast Highway and banners saying "Share The Road." City spokeswoman Tara Finnigan says the trailers and banners will remain in place through Nov. 7.

The Newport Beach City Council approved the CDM sharrows in July, but the installation was expedited following the bicyclist fatalities that occurred in September.

The sharrows on East Coast Highway are the second round of the painted marking in CDM. In 2010 sharrows were also installed along Bayside Drive between El Paseo Drive and Carnation Avenue.

Jim Wallace November 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
So the sharrows are there and so can't we all just get along? I can tell you from experience both driving and riding through CDM 100's of times in the past year that bikes and cars basically travel at the same speed through town. Just be careful and look out for one another and we will have a safer stretch of coast highway.
billdsd November 02, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I see motorists rolling through stop signs and right on red all the time -- and at considerably more than 1mph. Sharrows are there to remind people that bicyclists are allowed to use the full lane -- something that a lot of people seem to have forgotten since driver's education.
billdsd November 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Catherine, CVC 21750 requires you to maintain a safe distance. "Squeezing by" implies a dangerously close pass. You almost certainly broke the law. The lane was most likely too narrow for a bicycle and a car and a safe distance between them within the lane. That means that bicyclists can use the full lane (CVC 21202(a)(3)). There is no law requiring single file and there is no right to not change lanes to pass a bicycle. There is a law requiring you to drive entirely within one lane rather than straddling multiple lanes (CVC 21658). The problems here are your ignorance of the law and your sense of entitlement.
billdsd November 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
You see a story about sharrows and then go into a rabid blathering about bicyclists breaking the law? Really? This article had nothing to do with bicyclists breaking the law. Meanwhile, bicyclists aren't any worse than motorists. Every time I'm on the road I see hundreds of CVC violations by motorists. I see large amounts of speeding. I see numerous drivers failing to signal turns and lane changes. I see lots of drivers tailgating. I see lots of drivers rolling stop signs and right on red. I could go on and on.
CDM May 11, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Once again Catherine...for someone who has multiple DUIs, your concerns for safety are misplaced.

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