Start where you can: TC’s first sharrow
Quietly this summer, Civic Center Dr. has become an intentional street designed to encourage safe and convenient bicycle traffic. It started with the paving of a short trail connector and recently wrapped up with an additional 100 feet of bike lane, an “except bicycles” sign to allow appropriate counterflow for travel, and the addition of Traverse City’s first sharrow.
A sharrow is a shared lane marking used to help position cyclists, announce that bikes belong to all traffic, and generally guide people on bikes along a route. They aren’t a panacea, but used smartly and in the right context, they are effective.
Kudos goes out to the County, City, County Parks and Recreation and TART Trails for coming together to make this happen.