News: Sharrows Coming Soon to Clifton Road

Soon DeKalb County will be installing shared-lane or “sharrow” markings along with bicycle signage on Clifton Road. Sharrows will be added to the segment of Clifton Road between Briarcliff and North Decatur roads.

Sharrow

Sharrows are roadway markers that:

  • Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane;

  • Alert road users of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way;

  • Encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists; and

  • Reduce the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.

Sharrows are typically (but not exclusively) utilized on roads that are popular with bicyclists but lack right of way for conventional bike lanes.

The Clifton Road sharrows will serve as a reminder to motorists that they should expect to see bicyclists on Clifton and will show bicyclists the appropriate position to take when riding in the roadway.

Take Full Lane

In addition to the sharrows, new bicycle signage will be installed that better communicates to motorists that Georgia Law permits cyclists to take the center of the lane when the road way is too narrow for a vehicle to pass and remain in its lane.

This project will be the first of its kind in DeKalb County but sharrows have been successfully implemented in cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and many others across North America, Europe and Australia. Recently sharrows have also popped up on City of Atlanta streets.

The addition of sharrows to Clifton Road is an exciting new development and eliminates a barrier for area students, residents and employees who want bike on Clifton as a commuting choice and for recreation. The sharrows and accompanying signage will help increase the safety of both motorists and bicyclists as they will encourage a true sharing of the roadway.

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