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New sharrows aim to improve cyclist and driver safety

18 May 2017

Sharrows - shared lane pavement arrows to direct cars and bikes - have been recently added to a number of local streets in Whitehorse.

Whitehorse Councillor Andrew Munroe said this type of line marking is relatively new in Victoria, but is common in the USA and Canada.

“Sharrows are most often painted on the road near roundabouts, besides on-street parking and along cycling routes. They help cyclists find the best position within a road lane and make drivers aware that cyclists have a legitimate right to be in that part of the road,” Cr Munroe said.

Sharrows also aim to encourage drivers to be more tolerant by increasing the distance around cyclists. This is a particularly important way to prevent car doors being opened into the path of cyclists. Sharrows also help cyclists find their way along a bike route.

Council recently conducted a review of cyclist safety at a number of existing traffic treatments, such as roundabouts and traffic islands. The review recommended that sharrows be installed at some of these locations. 

Sharrows and other works have been completed along Dorking Road in Box Hill and Hanover Road in Vermont South.  With the assistance of funding from the Transport Accident Commission, improvements at additional sites will be considered over the coming year.

For more information on Council programs visit the Road Safety and Sustainable & Active Transport pages.

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