Rock Island pavement markings show safe lane for bikes

sharrows image provided by the city of Rock Island

sharrows image provided by the city of Rock Island

Special pavement markings are being installed on streets in Rock Island, Illinois to increase drivers’ attention to sharing the road with bicyclists.

The markings, called “sharrows,” are being installed four feet from the curb where there is no on-street parking and 11 feet from the curb where parking is permitted. 

“Sharrows let motorists know that they may see bicyclists more often on a particular road,” said Ed Barsotti, Executive Director of League of Illinois Bicyclists.  “Sharrows also tell cyclists where best to position themselves on the road.”

The sharrow markings are on the right side of the road since it is illegal and unsafe to ride a bicycle against the flow of traffic.

Bikeway improvements are being installed in these locations in Rock Island:

20th Street:  1st to 7th Avenue:  A 10 foot wide off-street bike/pedestrian path will be constructed along the east side of 20th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  Sharrows will be installed along both sides of 20th Street between 2nd and 7th Avenues.  The project will connect the existing 7th Avenue bike lanes to the Great River Trail via its 20th Street entrance and provides a connection to the downtown area.

17th/20th Streets:  7th to 31st Avenue:  Sharrows will be installed along both sides of 20th Street, from 7th to 18th Avenues, and 17th Street from 18th to 31st Avenues. This project will provide a major north/south bike route through the city connecting the downtown area with various residential areas.

31st Avenue:  Sunset Park to 38th Street:  Sharrows will be installed along both sides of 31st Avenue from Sunset Park to 38th Street. This project will provide a major east/west bike route through the city connecting residential areas with existing/proposed bike ways and the Great River Trail at Sunset Park.

38th Street from 31st to 45th Avenue, 45th Avenue from 38th to 44th Street and 44th Street from 45th Avenue to Ben Williamson Park:  Sharrows will be installed along both sides of the following corridors: 38th Street from 31st to 45th Avenue, 45th Avenue from 38th to 44th Street, and 44th Street from 45th Avenue to Ben Williamson Park.  This project will provide a major bike route through the city connecting residential areas with new Ben Williamson Connector Bike Path.

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