Scott Pickup will fill in for Shared Roadways committee chair Steve Cadenhead at this Wednesday's council meeting and give an update on a pilot project proposal add to road lane markings called sharrows to Rye city streets.
"It's a pilot, and it's only paint!" Cadenhead told members of the council. "If it doesn't succeed then it can simply fade away. Almost certainly though the pilot will indeed be a success, as it's been in so many other communities."
Sharrows are double arrow markings that allow bicycles and cars to utilize streets safely. The sharrow marks are imprinted onto the street and indicate an area and the direction where bicyclists may be sharing traffic lanes.
A brief presentation about sharrows and how they work is available on the City of Rye website and as a PDF attached to this post.
The Shared Roadways Committee paired with the Rye YMCA on a “use-it-or-lose-it” grant to secure funding for the project which the funds must be spent by this fall. Sharrow markings were also recommended also recommended in May 2011 Capstone Project conducted by New York University graduate students at Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service road improvement project which included Rye, Larchmont and both the Town and Village of Mamaroneck.