Today’s Headlines

  • Rep. Bass Proposes Federal Transpo Funding Change to Allow Local Hire (The Source)
  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About L.A. Bike-Share (CiclaValley)
  • Temple City Las Tunas Protected Bikeway Plan Faces Some Backlash (Pasadena Star News)
  • People Disappointed With Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Approval (KCET)
  • Metro and Caltrans Spending Billions On 5 Freeway (The Source)
  • NYC Downgrades A Bike Lane To Sharrows (SBNYC)

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  • Dennis_Hindman

    The New York City department of transportation defines sharrows as a shared bike lane (shared with motorists) and all other bike lanes are termed exclusive bike lanes. Using those definitions the bike lane was not removed, it was simply changed from a exclusive bike lane to a shared bike lane.

    Defining sharrows as a shared bike lane is how the NYCDOT were able to meet their goals for miles of bike lanes installed under Janette Sadik-Khan. To this day she still claims miles of bike lanes installed using sharrows as a large part of that mileage. She repeatedly states that under her leadership New York City installed 400 miles of bike lanes. In reality, there wasn’t even 300 miles of bike lanes installed during her administration. Those additional miles are sharrows.

    Here’s a pdf chart by the NYCDOT that clearly shows the two different categories of exclusive bike lanes and shared bike lanes (sharrows).

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bikeroutedetailsfy07-fy14.pdf

    The Chicago DOT under mayor Rahm Emmanuel came up with two definitions of bike lanes, barrier protected and buffer protected. That’s right, additional stripes makes it a protected bike lane using their definition. This enables Chicago to meet mayor goal of creating 100 miles of protected bike lanes in his first term in office.