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.

steve November 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Good Now remind Bicycle rider's to follow same laws as Cars !!! stop signs--red lights--cross walks etc... they VERRRRRY rarely do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and if NOT TICKET THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Safe Driver November 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
These ridiculous markings are nothing more than yet another "feel good" gesture by our city council to show that "they care." What an utter waste of taxpayer money. If cyclists and drivers need to be reminded about each other, then NEITHER should be on the roads. If both groups were policed equally and fairly, then most of the associated problems would disappear. However, if drivers are ticketed for 1mph "rolling stops" at stop signs, while cyclists continually blast through stop signs with no repercussions, then the idea of "same roads, same rules" is just another example of more feel good B.S. Let's face it drivers, we are being forced off of the roads that our gas taxes pay for.
LNorm November 01, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I am married to an ex-pro cyclist and we agree with you guys completely. Did you hear me? COMPLETLEY. so please get off putting all cyclist in a box. Like everything, there are always those that ruin it for EVERYONE. He is on these roads from San Diego to Long Beach weekly, constantly seeing what you see. It's mostly (not all) the "weekend" riders as we call them, that do not follow the rules of the road. The "pro's" that are out there daily have a full understanding just what is at risk, THEIR CYCLING CAREER. It is so unfortunate that everyone does not get that we are all entitled the use of every road, and to simply relax and follow the simple rules so we can all enjoy our beautiful So Cal. The cyclist knows that cars/trucks are bigger, they are going to win every time.
LNorm November 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
AND... I don't understand the mentality of pure negative hatred. My husband, like his friends have been hit with big gulps, full box meals, shakes, trash, and last but not least a BB gun. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT? and the huge SUV drivers that run them off Laguna Canyon road in the dirt, flat tires, ditches, for what? to prove a point? what's the point? He's been hit, (this particular driver was sooooo remorseful and gave him a ride to our home, paid for the damages to bike, thankfully my husband was ok, minor bruises) AND BY THE WAY, drivers, there are bike lanes on the canyon road. So, waste of money? I really don't know, probably, a change of mind is needed. Our officials are trying to do something. Guess it has to start with something. Cause the human heart is not showing itself in a positive way. Is it?
Catherine Coccomo-Cleary November 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I have no problem with the sharrows. I have no problem with the cycling. I do have a problem with some of the cyclists and their attitudes. Part of the rules of the road reflect that you are not supposed to slow down the flow of traffic. So many of the cyclists do not ride single file, they ride two or three across and make it very difficult to drive. Then they are arrogant about the fact that you in the vehicle are supposed to bow down to them. I experienced an incident on San Joaquin Hills where two cyclists were riding two across instead of single file. When I turned left it was difficult for me to get by them, but I did. I wasn't speed nor was I being rude. One of the cyclists rode up to the driver side window of my vehicle as I was at a stop light and started screaming at me and calling me filthy names. I was shocked and amazed at the arrogance and rudeness of this individual. The things that went through my mind were not pleasant but I kept my mouth shut and drove on. All we hear about are the poor cyclists who are so abused by the mean drivers. No one ever comments about the abuse that we as drivers must bear due to the fact that some of the cyclists are rude and inconsiderate. They have no regard for the fact that people are usually not driving for health reasons or exercise, we have somewhere that we need to go.
David Huntsman November 02, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Catherine, based on your misunderstanding of the "rules of the road" - specifically your incorrect beliefs that cyclists "are not supposed to slow down the flow of traffic" and are supposed to ride "single file", it is highly likely you were doing something wrong yourself when those riders accosted you. Seriously - you were trying to squeeze past cyclists while making a left turn on San Joaquin Hills Road?Driving legally and safely is not "bowing down" to anyone.
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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