20 miles of sharrows installed

4th St. sharrows in action at dusk last week. Over the weekend, 20 more miles of sharrows were installed.

About a month ago, we announced that sharrows were good, and discussed LADOT’s plans to install them on select streets citywide before the year’s end. We are happy to report that this past weekend, LADOT work crews installed approximately 20 miles worth of these bicycle facilities on L.A. streets. All told, 797 sharrows were laid down, adding 20.61 miles of bicycle infrastructure to L.A. streets. A majority of those sharrows were installed using HOT TAPE thermoplastic – a highly durable, visible, and skid resistant road marking material. However, some sharrows on Motor Ave. and Heliotrope Dr. were installed using paint. Rest assured, the paint is a temporary treatment as segments of these two respective streets are set to be resurfaced in the near future. Once the streets are resurfaced, more permanent thermoplastic sharrows will be installed.

The sharrow installations fulfill a mayoral commitment towards 40 miles of new bicycle infrastructure this fiscal year. Some of the sharrows are an interim measure preceding future bicycle lanes as called for in the Bike Plan (but which weren’t prioritized in the 5 year Implementation Plan), and may require environmental review or roadway widening. Others are a first step towards implementing Bicycle Friendly Streets. Join us below the fold to find out what streets just got “sharrowed.”

The benefits of sharrows

So what do sharrows do? According to the Bike Plan’s Technical Design Handbook (TDH), SLMs or sharrows can be an effective tool for reminding bicyclists to ride further from parked cars to prevent incidents of “dooring.” Sharrows can also make motorists more aware as to the possible presence of bicyclists, and can help orient bicyclists in the correct direction of travel. For more on sharrows, please visit our sharrows page under the “Resources” tab, or by clicking here.

The List

Below, we have provided the list of streets that were sharrowed this past weekend. You might have noticed a discrepancy between this list and the list that we provided in our previous post here. Upon further review, Hoover was not deemed appropriate for sharrows due to peak hour parking restrictions. Three new streets were chosen in part because they are a part of the newly expanded CicLAvia route. Not only will this October’s CicLAvia event have the new 7th St. bike lanes to show off, but sharrows on Heliotrope, Rosewood, and New Hampshire too! It is our hope that sharrows along the CicLAvia route will help to familiarize the public with SLMs, increasing their visibility and prominence amongst all Angelenos.

Arden Blvd

Arden Pl.

Vine St.

Yucca St.

Fountain Ave.

Fountain Ave.

La Mirada Ave.

Bronson Ave.

Van Ness Ave.

Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Polk St.

Astoria St.

State St.

Breed St.

Mott St.

Colden Ave.

51st St.

McConnell Ave.

Motor Ave.

Motor Ave.

North Venice Blvd.

New Additions:

Redondo Blvd

Galey Ave.

Heliotrope Dr.

Rosewood Ave.

New Hampshire Ave.

Installation Photos

LADOT crews began the sharrow installation work very, very early.

Hot tape thermoplastic shared lane markings come two to a box, 10 pieces each.

Heat from a flame thrower installs the sharrows.

0 replies
  1. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    Sharrows are harmless in that you can put them in areas where most people would feel uncomfortable about riding and they simply won’t use them. The downside is as Mia Birk states in her blog: “But the sharrow applied in the least desirable conditions will do nothing for the ‘interested but concerned’ part of the population we are trying to attract.”

    I also concure with Mia when she states “I continue to be concerned that many American cities are starting to use sharrows-when the appropriate treatment is bike lanes, cycle tracks, or excellent parallel bike boulevards-because it’s far easier to put in sharrows. No trade-off required!


  2. Carlton Glub
    Carlton Glub says:

    The blog says that Gayley got .64 miles, but the google map you link to correctly shows that it’s just *one block*. 1/10 of a mile.

    How can we be confident inthis claim of 20 miles if the basic arithmetic is wrong?

  3. cerwing
    cerwing says:

    Thanks for putting all this info on your site, and paint on the streets!

    Now is there any way to have a map that shows the new city bike infrastructure on ONE map? It would be helpful to plot a route and see whats available, instead of checking to see what streets are on your list…

      • JoJo Pewsawang
        JoJo Pewsawang says:

        Hi Cerwing

        We are currently working on a map of all existing and future bike facilities in the city. We’ll have it up on the blog and the bicycle program website as soon as its ready.

  4. bikerdude
    bikerdude says:

    The sharrows are a first step to recognizing that bicycling is a true transportation option for the City of Los Angeles. I’m hopeful motorist will start respecting bicyclists on the street by seeing more and more bicycle facilities’ on the road. Then recognize bicyclists have the same right to be on the road as cars.
    It’s good the City of Los Angeles and the politicians are raising the bar in pursuing every option for bicyclists. Please keep pushing the bicycle agenda forward from the inside and I will continue to write the mayor and city council members. Together we can continue to advance positive change for bicyclists.
    Going to CicLAvia on Sunday, can’t wait to see the” HOT TAPE” on the road.

  5. Elson
    Elson says:

    I just rode down my street (Heliotrope Drive) a few minutes ago and saw the Sharrows! I thought they were the fake guerrilla Sharrows since they weren’t thick and reflective like the ones on Fountain.

    I love seeing the Sharrows…if only motorists knew what they are for exactly.

  6. Kim
    Kim says:

    This is a step in the right direction, but I’m curious how many drivers (non-cyclists) even know what a sharrow is. I’m also concerned with the way our current, and now new, bike lanes put cyclists right in the doorzone.

    Adding bike infrastructure is great, but it seems like we should be pushing for a more updated and safer method than bike lanes that are too narrow and that put cyclists in danger of being doored. How can we advise riding 3 ft from cars when in most cases, 3ft puts you outside of the tiny bike lane?

    In the end, will adding more miles of poorly designed bike lanes lower cycling deaths or injuries? Probably not. We might even see more injuries as inexperienced, less aggressive cyclists start riding with a false sense of security in these lanes.

    LA has an opportunity to set an example for other cities and be innovative and improve on the old fashioned, dangerous bike lanes we are so used to. Why aren’t we doing this?

  7. rhine321
    rhine321 says:

    I live on Breed St. in Boyle Heights and I am very happy to have the sharrows. I must say though that since most streets usually have the curb space filled with parked cars that the sharrows be centered in the lane from middle to curbside but from middle to the left side of the car, the actual travel lane. When centered from the curb the sharrow is left off to the right side of the travel lane and it confuses drivers as well as bicyclists. Cars drive to the left as to not drive over the sharrow and bikes still stay far off to the right as they think it designates them to ride in a ghost lane.

  8. maxutility
    maxutility says:

    LA DOT has already confirmed that they intend to count the 20 miles of sharrows as partial completion of the 40 miles per year goal set out by the Mayor. Of course, by the agreed upon standards, sharrows by themselves on the street is not a complete treatment without signage, traffic calming, or other ‘bike friendly street’ treatments.

    – Why don’t you just implement the bike plan? We understand certain elements of it need planning time and can’t be implemented immediately in the order that the projects have been prioritized. But you have just demeonstrated that you are perfectly willing to come up with your own plans and schedules anyway. Just go through the plan and find the easy stuff to do and do it.

    – Why work “around the clock” to install these? Surely that’s more expensive? It’s nice to see a sudden burst of activity, but we’re willing to wait a few days to see more get implemented using the same limited funds.

    – We all assume that DOT is trying to achieve some PR points for doing this kind of surprise big project, and we appreciate that at least you seem to think it’s important to get the public on your side. But how many times do you have to act in secrecy, change your story multiple times, make up plans as you go along, and then act surprised when people get upset call you on it?

  9. John Terry
    John Terry says:

    Why would LADOT put sharrows going north on Gayley Avenue in the door zone of loading vehicles? There are 2 lanes of traffic, the sharrows should be in the center of the right lane of traffic (just like, e.g., on Hermosa Ave). Does LADOT need a lawsuit to clarify this?


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