Sharrows At Duke

Duke Parking and Transportation is preparing to make a huge improvement to the biking infrastructure on-campus: sharrows. “The sharrow, a nationally recognized symbol to alert drivers that cyclists are sharing the main traffic lane, will be painted at 25 campus-wide locations, from the Campus Drive tunnel on East Campus to the entrance of Science Drive across from the Washington Duke Inn. ” Painting will occur during the month of November, weather permitting.

I’ve seen sharrows used in Cary, North Carolina and I can attest that sharrows do work to slow down traffic and remind drivers to share the road with cyclists. Drivers would regularly speed at 45 mph through the town, but some roads now hum along at a more manageable (and legal) 25-35 mph since the introduction of the sharrows. Biking on-campus should be safer after these sharrows are painted, but, as always, exercise due caution while cycling.

BE ADVISED: On-campus traffic patterns will be altered for painting throughout November. One lane will be closed for painting for each sharrow while traffic is routed around the work. Please exercise due caution.

“Each sharrow will take a crew of five people approximately 40 minutes to paint, using a large plastic stencil and quick-drying street paint. Painting on the busiest roads, such as Campus Drive, will be scheduled on weekends and evenings to minimize traffic disruption.” More details about the road work will be posted once available.

(Source: Duke Today)

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One response

  1. Gazzer

    I am optimistic that this will help on Campus Drive. Although there are lines that seemed to have been planned as bike lane markings, these are way too narrow. Because of the road condition, it’s not possible to safely stick to this lane. Sharrows should help quite a bit here.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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