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Let’s Name the Long Beach Shared Lanes

9:11 AM PDT on July 15, 2009

The new Sharrowed and painted travel lanes in Long Beach have caused quite a stir; but the relatively new concept of painting a shared-lane has yet to draw a catchy adn easy-to-use name.  Since Streetsbloggers are nothing if not inventive, I was thinking that we could do our part by coming up with the best name for a travel lane marked with Sharrows and green paint as seen in the above picture.

Over the weekend I received an email from Northeastern University Professor Peter Furth who suggested calling them a "Bicycle Priority Lane."  Furth expains his naming idea,

It's like a priority seat on a bus:  cars can use it if there's no bike there, but if there's a bike, it's a bike lane

If you have a better suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

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