Turning a Ticket into "Sharrows" With Photographer Russ Roca
|Russ Roca and Laura Crawford in a rare moment of stillness.|
Last week Long Beach did something that, by all appearances, no other city has ever done: they painted sharrows--a common practice to educate motorists that bicyclists get to legally share the road--with a five-foot green lane--a new and inventive way to grab everyone's attention and help cyclists stay out of the door zone.
The .6 miles lane that runs along both sides of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore came about after Roca received an erroneous ticket for riding on 2nd, jump starting the project four months ago. Roca reported he likes "the sharrow/stripe treatment very much," but "[i]n essence, EVERY road in the city of Long Beach should be ridden as if you had a sharrow/green stripe."
Behrens cites a letter Roca submitted to the city concerning drivers who mistakenly believe cyclists will slow down traffic and that the sharrows give two-peddlars special treatment. In bullet points, Roca writes:
- those lanes were "sharable" by bikes before the sharrows were being put in;
- the new sharrows do not take away any rights from motorists
NOR do they give bicyclists any special rights, they are just very bold
and large visual indicators that bikes can already be legally on the
road and they invite cyclists that may not know that right to be on the
- the placement of the sharrows (presumably in the middle of the lane) is where the cyclist SHOULD ride, out of the door zone.