FARMERS BRANCH ~ The artwork appearing on roadways in Farmers Branch is a precursor of more pedal power to come as new "sharrows" signify the most visible signs, to date, of the implementation of the Trail Master Plan.
Crews started putting down sharrows, or shared lane markings, earlier this week. Each marking consists of a stencil of a bicycle with two arrows above it, indicating that motor vehicles should "share" the lane with bicycles. The markings, approved by the Federal Highway Administration, are being installed as part of the City Council-adopted Citywide Trail Master Plan.
Sharrows are being installed on the outside lanes of Valley View from the DART Green Line to Midway, except for the stretch between Josey and Webb Chapel. Public Works is in the process of reconstructing Valley View through that area. Sharrows will be added when the project is complete.
What do sharrows mean for motorists? Drivers should expect to see bikes on the street and should expect to share the lane with cyclists. Additionally, motorists should remember to change lanes to pass a cyclist and to follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows.
What do sharrows mean for bicyclists? The markings remind cyclists they can ride in mixed traffic where there is no dedicated bike lane. Cyclists should use the sharrow to guide them where to ride within the lane. Beyond that, riders should not ride too close to parked cars and, like motorists, should follow the rules of the road.
For more information on the project or on the Trail Master Plan, call 972.919.2620 or visit farmersbranchtx.gov/trails.