New shared lane pavement markings are being painted on downtown streets. These markings are called “sharrows” and are used to show the ideal cyclist position in the lane (away from the curb and parked cars), and to remind drivers to share the road.
The City first began using sharrow pavement markings in 2007 in select locations, but held off on widespread use until now. Beginning in 2010, sharrows will be used across the downtown core, beginning with College Street, from Lansdowne Avenue to Manning Avenue during the month of May. Transportation Services will be installing sharrows on Spadina Avenue, Bay Street, Lappin Avenue, Hallam Street and several other streets by the end of 2010.
To learn more about sharrows, including how they are different from bike lanes, please go here.
As mentioned in previous TCAT News, TCAT is working with the City of Toronto to evaluate these sharrows over the summer.